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Have Gazza’s Alcohol Demons Returned?

With alcohol treatment, most problem drinkers will manage to get their drinking under control and turn their lives around. Severe alcoholism, on the other hand, can be a bit trickier to manage, and some people will struggle for many years to get their lives back on track. There are some who will find it difficult to maintain their addiction no matter how much professional help they receive. Some, such as former England footballer Paul Gascoigne, will relapse time and time again, despite many stints in rehab.

Troubled Life

Paul, or Gazza as he is affectionately known, has sparked concerns about his mental health once again after he was forced to cancel a public appearance because he was unfit to go on stage due to his ‘demons’. The star was expected to speak about his troubled life at an event in Cheshire on March 25th. However, due to him not being in a ‘fit and healthy manner’, the event has been cancelled.

In a statement issued by the event organisers, HC Promotions, directors Hayden Gahgan and Chris Hodgkinson apologised that Paul’s speech had been cancelled but said that it was important that his health came first. They said, "It is with great sadness that after speaking to all involved with Paul's welfare, we've been advised Paul will not be in a fit and healthy manner to fulfil his appearance. This news has deeply saddened us all here, as I'm sure it has the hundreds of fans that have purchased tickets to meet arguably England's greatest footballer. But we have to put Paul's health as our main priority. We wish Paul all the support and help he needs in getting rid of his demons. Keep fighting, Gazza."

Alcohol Abuse

Paul has been plagued with alcoholism for the past two decades and is now probably more well known for his exploits off the pitch rather than those on it. He has received alcohol treatment numerous times but always seems to find himself back on the booze once more as he struggles to fight his addiction. He even recently revealed that while receiving alcohol treatment at an Arizona clinic, he thought he was going to die.

He has also had alcohol treatment in various clinics here in the UK but has relapsed repeatedly. He has hit the headlines recently for various incidents that can be attributed to his alcohol abuse. One was in September 2016 when he was fined £1,000 for racially abusing his bodyguard while on stage performing.

In December 2016, he was involved in an altercation with a guest at a London hotel, where the star claimed the man had kicked him down the stairs, leaving him with two broken fingers and a fractured skull.


Paul’s agent issued a statement in January 2017 saying that the ex-footballer was once again receiving alcohol treatment in a rehab clinic. He said that his famous client had suffered an ‘annus horribilis’ that stemmed from the death of his nephew, Jay Kerrigan-Gascoigne. Jay had been found dead in his girlfriend’s flat in 2016 after struggling with addiction and mental health problems for many years. His death had a profound impact on Paul, which left him struggling once again with his own demons.

Paul’s agent said in his statement: "Paul wants to let everyone know that he has gone into rehab. He is making a serious effort to get free of his demons and trying to become alcohol-free for 2017. I'm not religious at all, but if any of you are, say a prayer for him."

This latest news that Paul is unfit to appear at the Cheshire event will inevitably raise concerns that his alcohol problems have resurfaced once more.

Maintaining Sobriety

The first step on the road to recovery is always admitting the problem exists, but for many people, this can be the hardest step to take. Having accepted a diagnosis of alcoholic, the affected person will be able to move forward and start a programme of detoxification and rehabilitation.

In an ideal world, detox and rehab would be something that you would only ever need to undergo once. However, for some people, it may take several attempts before being finally able to kick their alcohol habit into touch for good.

Some individuals will become complacent with their recovery, which can be very dangerous. It is important to remember that alcoholism is an illness for which there is currently no cure. It can be treated and must be maintained, but the threat of relapse is always present.

With effective alcohol treatment, you can overcome your alcohol problems, but you must be prepared to work hard on your sobriety going forward. Most rehab clinics will provide some level of aftercare once a programme of rehabilitation has been completed, but there are other ways to keep your recovery on track too.

Fellowship Programmes

All around the world, recovering alcoholics meet regularly in a bid to stay sober. They meet at what are known as fellowship support groups; Alcoholics Anonymous is one such group. These groups allow members to come together to share their stories and experiences which, in turn, helps to inspire and motivate each other to stay on the right track.

If you are struggling with alcoholism, contact us here at UK Rehab. We can offer excellent advice and support regarding alcohol treatment programmes in your area. We can also put you in touch with aftercare services that will help you to maintain your sobriety going forward. Call today for more information.

Source: Fresh fears for Gazza as troubled legend pulls out of event over health issues (Daily Star)

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