Sum 41's Deryck Whibley: 'If I Have One Drink the Docs Say I Will Die'

The rock musician has spent the past month in hospital following an alcohol induced collapse.

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Sum 41's Deryck Whibley has revealed the extent of his life-threatening alcoholism, saying that doctors have said if he has one drink, he will die.

Writing at in a post entitled "Rock Bottom" (via NME), the frontman apologised to fans for being "m.i.a" for the past month, explaining that he had been in hospital after falling unconscious due to his heavy drinking. Whibley revealed that his liver and kidneys had collapsed.

"I've been very sick in the hospital for a month and was pretty sick for a few weeks leading up to my trip to 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. I was drinking hard every day," he wrote, explaining that his fiancee rushed him to hospital after his collapse and he was put in an intensive care unit. "I finally realized I can't drink anymore," he wrote. "If I have one drink the doc's say I will die. I'm not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly."

However, he has said that the incident has inspired him to write new music. "Anyway I have my passion and inspiration back for writing music," said the former husband of Avril Lavigne. "I already have a few song ideas for new songs. Soon it will be time to start making an album and getting back to touring again."

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    "said the former husband of Avril Lavigne" Why is this a part of the report? It holds no significance and I'm pretty sure he's famous for more than having put his dick in Avril. On the flip side, enjoying the sloppy seconds, Chad Kroeger?
    I'd be an alcoholic too if I was married to Avril Lavigne. No but seriously, it's good to see he's trying to get better. I wish him the best of luck. It's also good to see that he wants others to learn from this experience.
    Sounds about right, I saw them shortly before Steve-O left and Deryck did not look good at all. I hope he can get it together and focus on the music.
    I'll always enjoy some old school Sum 41. That was the soundtrack of my childhood pretty much!
    Write a sequel to 'Fat Lip' called 'Fat Liver'
    If you're gonna make a shit joke about the dude's health at least make it "All Killer No Liver".
    its a choice, not a disease
    If you are referring to alcoholism, you need to check your facts; humans can become so addicted to alcohol, that they can literally die, from not having alcohol in their system.
    That may be true, but it was still their choice to be drunks in the first place, and to let it get that bad. Addiction is not a disease. It is a choice. Unless you were literally forced, under threat of physical harm, to drink and/or do drugs until your body developed a physical dependency, it is a choice. And I'm reasonably certain that doesn't happen very often (outside of the European sex slave business, at least).
    You are arguing semantics. Addiction is a physical dependency, no matter how it was brought about, and it is ultimately a medical issue. Period. Leave your morals at the door, and have some compassion; we've all done something(s) we regret, especially when we were younger (where I would assume the vast majority of addictive habits start). There is no excuse to deny them compassion, especially when the only person they have physically harmed is themselves; they need medical/psychological help, not some holier-than-thou white knight pissing on their poor health.
    I play G and L
    I find it ironic that the top article for news today is about Jack White's song, "Just One Drink". What are you trying to say, Jack?
    char 900
    I've followed Sum 41 for as long as I can remember, and before I saw them live last year I noticed Deryck was looking pretty bad. Then when I finally saw him in person, I was shocked to see how different he changed over just a few years. I can only hope/pray that he can be strong and stay away from drugs and alcohol and continue his life for many more years.
    Im so glad he will be making more music! (Even tho it could never compare to his old stuff)
    News a little slow today ug?
    Wait, a guitarist for a platinum selling band goes into intensive care and thats not worthy news on a guitar site? I would hate to see what it takes to impress you.