Last month, when Billy Joel was hospitalized with stomach problems, his publicist denied that the 55-year-old rocker’s ailment had been brought on by alcohol. Nonetheless, Joel has checked himself in to an unnamed clinic for alcohol rehab, USA Today reports. ”Following a recent bout of severe gastro-intestinal distress, Billy Joel has checked himself into an undisclosed rehabilitation facility for treatment of alcohol abuse,” the publicist said in a statement on Wednesday. ”Mr. Joel has asked that his privacy be respected.”
Joel checked himself into alcohol rehab at Connecticut’s Silver Hill Hospital in 2002 a few days after crashing his Mercedes near his Long Island home. Since then, he’s had two other single-car accidents on Long Island roads. He was hospitalized for minor injuries after totaling his car when he hit a tree in 2003, and he drove another car into a house in 2004.