Another rocker is speaking out about his addiction and recovery, and being open about the painful toll the drinking has taken on his life.
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, 35, was hospitalized last May with severe kidney and liver damage, the result of years of excessive drinking.
Whibley, who founded the band as a teen, said that he used alcohol from an early age to cope with the stress of fame and to find the fuel his performances.
“I drank to wake me up and get that fake energy,” he said, according to US Weekly. “There were a lot of times I didn’t even want to drink, but I was so tired that shots of Jack were all I could do to get onstage.”
Whibley still has lasting health issues, and told the interviewer that he was trouble walking, and does physical therapy regularly. He has spent the eleven months since his hospitalization focusing on improving his health, and taking advantage of his second chance.
“I'm glad it happened now and not when I'm like, 50, because my body wouldn't have been able to handle it…However, now I'm feeling better than I've ever felt,” he told the site. “I'm healthier. I'm in the best shape of my life.”
Whibley is now recording a sixth album with Sum 41, and looks forward possibly touring in the future.