Sum41 Frontman Deryck Whibley Opens Up About Alcoholism, Promises Return To The Stage
Deryck Whibley, the frontman for punk rock group Sum41, has been sharing about his battle against alcohol addiction with his fans in the hopes that they can avoid the health issues that nearly took his life.
Deryck Whibley's Alcoholism Battle
Whibley, 34, has finally left a hospital after a month-long stay that forced him to confront his problem with alcohol. Now that he’s been released, the musician reached out to his fans to thank them for their support and to reassure them that he’ll be back performing in the near future.
“Hey everyone, I just wanted to thank you all so much for sending gifts and all of the compassion and support you have shown me,” he wrote. “It really means a lot to me in this time of recovery. I will be better soon and back out on stage before you know it.”
Earlier in the month, Whibley had penned a blog post titled “Rock Bottom” in which he revealed how he landed in the hospital.
“The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I’ve been doing over the years. It finally caught up to me,” he wrote. “I was drinking hard every day. Until one night. I was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around mid night and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden I didn’t feel so good. i then collapsed to the ground unconscious.”
After his fiancée rushed him to the hospital, he was brought to the ICU and sedated for a week.
“I had no idea where I was. My mum and step dad were standing over me. I was so freaked out,” wrote the musician. “My liver and kidneys collapsed on me. Needless to say it scared me straight. I finally realized I can’t drink anymore. If I have one drink the doc’s [sic] say I will die. I’m not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. I didn’t, and look where that got me.”