Must stop picking up a drink: Paul Gascoigne

Mar 21, 2013, 01:05 IST | AFP

Troubled former England footballer Paul Gascoigne said he could not be certain if he would ever touch alcohol again after being taken to a hospital in the US last month.

Gascoigne, 45, who has struggled with alcoholism for years was being treated at an Arizona rehabilitation clinic. In an interview with Sky Sports, he said his future health was a matter of getting through one day at a time.

Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne

“I don’t know if I’m going to touch a drink again. I just know that I’m not drinking today,” said Gascoigne. “I always remember lying on my bed and hearing the doctor saying ‘I don’t think this guy is going to make it’,” he recalled.

“I’m much better now, coming up to six weeks. Over 11 years, I’ve only drunk for four months of it. Just five little binges. I’ve got to stop them binges. I’ve just got to stop picking up a drink,” he added. 

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