The life of someone who is a famous musician can be a turbulent one. Everyone knows the cliche that is the "rockstar life", with heavy drug use and drinking, life on the road, promiscuity, so on and so forth. But such a life will catch up to someone rather quickly, as most veteran musicians will attest to, and the problems that such a life can lead to can be serious ones. Eventually, these people start to hit a series of bottoms, and one can only hope that they get help before it is too late.
Such is the case with the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Canadian band Sum 41. Deryck Whibley found himself in the hospital for an entire month after he was found collapsed on the floor in his apartment. After several days of being sedated and filled with IV's, he awoke surrounded by friends and family. He was told by the doctor that his liver and kidneys had collapsed. What caused this? Heavy drinking. He was told by the doctor that one more drink would most likely kill him.
After a life of heavy drinking and partying, the health consequences of Whibley's life caught up with him, and he is lucky to be alive. It is good news that he will recover, and upon leaving the hospital, he looked rather frail but seemed to be alright altogether. And thus begins his road to recovery.
Effects of Heavy Drinking
Chronic, heavy drinking brings about several different types of health problems over time, and none of them are mild.
Anemia is when the amount of red blood cells in your blood starts to decrease and stay at an abnormally low level. As a result, oxygen is not carried effectively enough throughout your bloodstream and this results in things like a low energy level, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath.
Certain types of cancers can also occur from drinking constantly. The types of cancers that come about are found to typically be in the digestive tract, starting with the mouth down into the throat and voice box, then down into the liver and to the colon. Breast cancer has also been associated with heavy drinking as well. Cancer risk for heavy drinkers is higher in those who also smoke.
When someone binge drinks, this causes the platelets in the blood, the things that cause scabbing, the clot together in the blood itself and cause strokes and clots in the lungs.
Heavy drinking can also cause cardiomyopathy, a deadly condition in which the heart muscle weakens and eventually fails. Heart rhythm abnormalities such as atrial and ventricular fibrillation also can occur, which is basically twitching in the heart valves. Atrial fibrillation, in which the heart's upper chambers twitch chaotically rather than constrict rhythmically, can cause blood clots that can trigger strokes. Ventricular fibrillation causes chaotic twitching in the heart's main pumping chambers. It causes rapid loss of consciousness and, in the absence of immediate treatment, sudden death.
So, with all this, it is good to see that Deryck Whibley survived his near-death experience due to his heavy drinking. The above mentioned effects of heavy drinking are just a few mentioned- there are many more.
Whibley plans to get back to writing music after his experience and has told his fans through his blog to take care when they drink, or else end up like him. He claims to have a few songs worked out and some more on the way. His band Sum 41 are known to take very long world-wide tours that can last upwards of a year. Only time will tell when Whibley is strong enough to be able to endure such a grueling schedule.