Alcohol’s Effect on Sports people

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Alcohol issues are not exclusive to us mere mortals, even sports greats such as former England football star Paul Gascoigne is no stranger to battles with alcohol. The footballer says he’s not sure if he will ever touch alcohol again following an incident last month in The USA when he had to be rushed to hospital.

Gascoigne has admittedly been struggling with alcohol issues for years now and was sectioned under Britain’s mental health laws in 2008. The ex-footballer was being treated at a costly rehabilitation clinic in Arizona when a life threatening incident almost claimed his life.

The footballer’s emergency last month occurred when he had an adverse reaction to the treatment and had to be rushed to hospital. One of his worst memories of the incident, was hearing the doctor say he wasn’t going to make it.

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‘I always remember lying on my bed and hearing the doctor saying ‘I don’t think this guy is going to make it’,’ the former Newcastle, Tottenham and Lazio midfielder recalled.

‘I panicked and got off the bed and said ‘please don’t let us die. I need to water my plants’ and boom I was out of it.’

However, he insisted his health was improving and that the biggest issue facing him now was cutting out destructive ‘binges’.

‘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. The press, what they wrote, it pulled me out of myself and it will hopefully help other alcoholics, seeing how close I was to passing away. Hopefully my story can help them.’

Gascoigne, whose talent shone at the 1990 World Cup finals where England reached the semi-finals, agreed to seek help after video footage emerged of a shambling public appearance he made at a charity event.

However, he was then pictured drinking a pint of beer at an airport bar immediately after arriving in Arizona.


One of the interesting points about this is that Gascoigne never drank often but the few times that he had drank, he would binge drink, which is what led to his problems. This issue is relevant to drinkers as well as those that are responsible for serving alcohol to customers because their actions can either facilitate harmful binge drinking or stop it.

There have been numerous studies done that prove that regular binge drinking can lead to alcoholism, in addition to a plethoraof harmful health effects.

Servers of alcohol should never underestimate their responsibility in providing “responsible service of alcohol” which literally implies being socially responsible with how you provide alcohol to your customers. It involves being considerate about your patron’s well-being and not serving alcohol to unduly intoxicated patrons. Also encourage responsible drinking with your words, the signage in your pub or bar and your actions.

Learn more about Responsible Service of Alcohol by undergoing RSA training online. Visit our homepage for more information.


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