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    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:52:48

    Phil Collins Talks Drinking & Pancreatitis & Rehab - He had some struggles

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    Singer Phil Collins has admitted that he began drinking a lot in 2010, when he moved away from music. The singer then developed pancreatitis.

    He drank so much that he knew he needed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and spent a week in rehab. Even so, Collins did not consider his problem to be serious…until he was diagnosed with a severe case of pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas that leads to internal bleeding and a lot of pain.

    Collins began to booze up when is ex-wife remarried and relocated to Miami, Florida from Switzerland, taking their two kids with him.

    Speaking to Event, Collins confessed, "I nearly died. I had pancreatitis. I'd retired to be with the kids… And really, retiring – well not working – and not having the kids, I guess left a big void. I was supposed to be an alcoholic. I went to meetings and I did try rehab for a week. But I couldn't stand it. It was like being at boarding school. So I said to myself, 'I know what I need to do, I'm not a fucking alcoholic.' I was taking medication for [tendon problems] and for all kinds of different little things. [The pills] were not mixing with the drink, basically. The kids were getting a little worried and that's what made me worried. I found myself a great doctor here in America, and I went to a couple of specialists. And I don't drink any more. And I've never fallen off the wagon. I've just been lucky."

    Collins chalked up his boozing to boredom, saying, "I put it down to just having a lot of time on my hands. In rehab, I did go along with the 'Hello, my name's Phil and I'm an alcoholic,' because that's what I was there for. But I never really thought it myself. Otherwise, it wouldn't have been so easy to stop."

    The good news is that the iconic singer hasn't had a drink in nearly two years.

    What do you think of Phil Collins' big reveal?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    10.01.14



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