Blink-182's Travis Barker Opens Up About Quitting Drugs After Health Scare

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has spoken about his decision to stop smoking marijuana after he discovered he had six stomach ulcers in May of this year.

Blink-182's Travis Barker Opens Up About Quitting Drugs After Health Scare
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Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has spoken about his decision to stop smoking marijuana and has revealed he did so after he discovered he had six stomach ulcers in May of this year. The pop-punk trio were forced to cancel a series of shows in May when Barker was diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus and was taken to hospital for an emergency tonsillectomy. Barrett's esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is damaged by stomach acid and can cause serious damage to your digestive system. Speaking to Red Bulletin, Barker said that after the operation he's been forced to give up smoking marijuana, which he'd hoped "to do for the rest of my life". Speaking about his health scare, Barker said: "They found that I had six ulcers, and I had a condition called Barrett's esophagus, which is basically from really extreme acid reflux or if you excessively smoked, your esophagus lining becomes pre-cancerous. Right then and there, I changed my whole life around. I had to stop eating and drinking certain things. And I had this lump in my throat around the same time. My tonsils were three to four times the size they should have been." He continued: "I used to love smoking weed. I would smoke weed at night if I had anxiety. I always thought I'd be able to do that for the rest of my life, but when your health is on the line, you don't mess around. I love being a dad and I love playing music. I'm not trying to give up any of that." Barker also recently admitted that he will be forced to sit out Blink-182's planned tour of Australia next year as the prospect of 24-hour long flight to Australia is too much for him at the moment. Blink-182 will return to the UK for three intimate shows later this month. The trio first headline Manchester's O2 Apollo on July 24 and then play London's O2 Academy Brixton on July 25 and 26. Earlier this year, the band revealed they're already working on the follow-up to the album, with frontman Mark Hoppus stating he'd been writing new songs while Tom Delonge has been out on the road with his side-project Angels And Airwaves. Thanks to NME for the report.

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    smittyanthrax
    I almost misread it as gives up drums instead of drugs after scare.I was thinking what the hell are you gonna do then?
    BloodyPumpkins
    "Barrett's esophagus"? That's caused by not listening enough Pink Floyd... check your ears, Travis!
    luna_51
    You can always use edibles! Or drops! Or a million other methods now available in several smart states at your local neighborhood dispensary.
    bradd101
    Supersonic1 wrote: Smoking weed leads to 6 ulcers in a month? I call bullshit on that, just ask Paul McCartney.
    There is a difference between it causing them and it aggravating them
    jbass13
    Travis is really passionate about his work and family. Gotta give respect to the guy for putting his values in the right places even if you hate his drumming.
    RadioTape
    Angels and Airwaves is no way a side project! tom puts just as much into that band as he does Blink. If not more so
    powachord
    Supersonic1 wrote: Smoking weed leads to 6 ulcers in a month? I call bullshit on that, just ask Paul McCartney.
    u didnt actually read the article properly did u?
    jrodgers
    luna_51 wrote: You can always use edibles! Or drops! Or a million other methods now available in several smart states at your local neighborhood dispensary.
    Or a vaporizor? This article is so funny and naive. Makes it appear that just because he's quitting smoking he's giving up drugs
    Supersonic1
    Smoking weed leads to 6 ulcers in a month? I call bullshit on that, just ask Paul McCartney.
    OxMxGxTACOS
    ^ true story. My wife has acid reflex. Her doctor has told her she shouldn't smoke or do anything like that otherwise this exact thing will happen
    Petey D
    ^ More to that, the weed didn't 'cause his ulcers, his extreme acid reflux condition caused them probably over the course of many years. Inhaleing the pot smoke agrivates his esophagus and creates more acid build up, that's why he had to give up smoking it. Good luck, and best wishes for a speedy recovery Travis, ulcers suck.
    skild sic
    no he is only doing it for the money you know if he wasnt in blink 182 he would be smokin its only the media that thinks this is bad i could go on all day but i dont wannas take up to much space