Triple M’s Chris ‘Pagey’ Page admits alcohol addiction
Triple M Sydney Breakfast anchor Chris ‘Pagey’ Page has revealed his extended leave over the past month has been due to alcohol addiction.
Host Lawrence ‘Moonman’ Mooney admitted the show had been using euphemisms around Page’s absence – including “extended leave” and “having a bit of a break” – but said it was time to be honest with the Triple M family.
Page also implored more high-profile people to be honest about their demons.
“It really bothers me, particularly anyone in the media, or anyone in the public eye, you often read about someone taking extended leave for exhaustion. That’s crap. If someone says they’re taking leave for exhaustion, they’re in rehab,” he said.
“And there’s a real, there’s a stigma around rehab. And if people can’t be open about it, then no one’s going to talk about it, and that stigma just grows.”
Page said he’d known for some time his drinking was out of control – “the little man inside you knows” – but he’d been trying to silence the realisation.
The tipping point came when he realised alcohol was going to kill him.
Rehab, he said, was the circuit breaker he needed.
He thanked Triple M for its unwavering support during his time of need.
“I’m in a really luck position, working somewhere like Triple M, when I made the phone call and I said ‘This is what I’ve got to do’, and it’s not a small thing to take basically a month off a Breakfast show like this. But everyone at Triple M immediately supported me,” he said.