Linkin Park Singer Opens Up About Alcoholism

By Kirwan Gray 07/18/11

Chester Bennington’s drinking spun out of control after a messy divorce.

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Chester Bennington, singer for Linkin Park, talked about his past alcoholism with England's Kerrang! magazine recently. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Bennington said that he used to be a "full-blown, raging alcoholic," adding, "I don't drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don't want to be that person anymore." Bennington said his addiction to alcohol went out of control after an emotional divorce from his first wife. "It was either beer, or Jack and Coke, or Jack Daniels in a pint glass with ice. And then it got to the point where my wife said to me about seven months after we got together, she goes, 'I don't think there's been a day since I've known you that you haven't drank.' And I was like, 'What are you talking about? That's crazy'—as I'm drinking a Jack and Coke. That was where my life went." Linkin Park has been touring in support of the band’s most recent release, A Thousand Suns.

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