When it was revealed that singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her home in north London, a connection was almost immediately made between her history of drug and alcohol abuse, and her untimely demise.
To date, no official cause of death has been declared. Looking at the circumstances around her death, however, the easiest assumption to make was that she had overdosed, or had gone binge drinking.
Rumors to this effect actually began circulating, where it was said that the late troubled singer had gone on a 36-hour drug and alcohol binge, which eventually led to her death. A feature on Metro online, however, shared information provided by an unnamed source close to the Winehouse family, stating otherwise.
Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, would like to dispel these rumors. He had shared in his eulogy for his daughter that Amy had been determined to kick her alcohol habit, declaring that she has had enough of drinking, and said: “I can’t stand the look on your and the family’s faces anymore.”
The unnamed source revealed that Amy had been advised by her doctor to gradually wean herself off alcohol. The singer, however was so determined to kick her habit, and decided she would go “all or nothing” – and gave up alcohol completely.
Quitting cold turkey, however, has its associated dangers – some of which may prove to be fatal. A feature on MedPage Today shared that physicians confirmed that alcohol withdrawal syndrome may lead to fatal seizures and delirium tremens. This actually occurred in an episode of the reality show Celebrity Rehab, where Mindy McCready suffered a seizure.