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Avril Lavigne's Ex Deryck Whibley Opens Up About How His Alcoholism Nearly Killed Him

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We're just glad Deryck Whibley is doing well!

As we reported last year, the Sum 41 frontman was hospitalized after experiencing multiple organ failure due to years of alcohol abuse.

[ Related: Deryck Whibley Wants His Old Name Back! ]

Well now, Avril Lavigne's ex is opening up about his illness, and reveals just how fatal his addiction truly was.

In an article for Vice's music site Noisey posted on Tuesday, the 35-year-old goes in grave detail about his struggle with the bottle.

When he was treated by doctors, the medical professionals emphasized the fact that the singer did quite the number to his body.

He said:

"The doctors said I was lucky to be alive and that there was still a chance I could die."

However, the musician — who spends most of his day in physical therapy and still has trouble walking — admits that his condition could've been worse.

"I do look back and think about how much worse it could have been… I could have had way more health problems than I had, but my liver is fine! Everything shut down before any more damage could happen. To walk out of there alive, without cirrhosis or needing transplants, you know, it could have been worse."

The punk star experienced fame at a young age, and often coped with the pressures of success with substances. He confesses that liquor was his way to recharge.

"I drank to wake me up and get that fake energy… 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."

But now, Whibley has gained so much wisdom from his ordeal and feels stronger — and healthier — than ever.

"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… I'm healthier. I'm in the best shape of my life."

We greatly applause Deryck for his honesty and we wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.

[Image via WENN.]

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