Addict Gazza is hooked on sweets

ENGLAND legend Paul Gascoigne has described “the pain” of knowing he might start drinking again even though he recognises it might kill him – and has turned his addictive personality to an addiction to sweets.
A new documentary about the former England footballer reveals he is now addicted to the sweet treats, and that he spends £1,000 a year on anti-wrinkle jabs to counteract the ravages of drinking.
Gascoigne, who played for teams including Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, was followed by a film crew for three months for an ITV documentary after his return from a treatment clinic in the United States where he overheard doctors say he might die.
The 46-year-old told the filmmakers: “I just remember one bit after the third day of being in hospital when he said ‘I don’t think this guy is going to make it’ and I sort of put my head up a little bit and I was like, tubes in my arms and an oxygen tank injecting round my heart and lungs and that. I just come forward and I went ‘I don’t want to die I need to water the plants’ and that was it and then I woke up two weeks later.”
Gascoigne, who describes himself as “an addictive personality”, said: “With me now if I did have a drink and relapse, it’s like becoming tipsy and merry is okay for a couple of days but like the next mouthful I’m so down, I’m so depressed, I cry. I do all that because I know inside I’m hurting myself again. I know where I’m heading, a wooden box. Or I’m back in treatment or hospital. Or getting sectioned.”


Park’s frog juice secret

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MIDFIELD dynamo Park Ji Sung has revealed what puts the spring in his step – or should that be hop.
Because the tireless Manchester United player’s physique was boosted at a young age when he was toad – sorry, told – to drink a special frog juice drink.
He said, as reported at the excellent Off The Post: “My father went to catch wild frogs. I was skinny and weak and my father heard their juice would give me size and strength.
“It tasted very, very bad but I had to drink it because I wanted to be a footballer and everyone said I needed to be bigger and stronger.
“They said it was good for my health to become stronger and I ate anything that would improve my health.”
Don’t try this at home, kids – you might end up croaking.

Drown your sorrows, Mancini tells City

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AFTER Wayne Rooney’s weekend wonder goal left Manchester City reeling, Roberto Mancini told his players to go and drown their sorrows.
Rooney’s overhead shot was the difference between the two sides on Derby day, and Mancini said his City stars were right to feel disappointed to lose.
He said: “I told the players to go home and have a drink.
“They should be disappointed by the result, but not by the performance. We are very close to United now, very close.”

Robbie Savage force fed himself booze

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DERBY County midfielder Robbie Savage has spoken out about his battle with booze – even though he doesn’t like to drink.
The Mirror Football columnist has told how he would compulsively drink ahead of matches, and smuggle wine on away trips – as well as telling of his distaste for alcohol after being forced to drink as a child.
The Welsh international said: “If we were away, I’d bury a bottle in my kit bag and drink it secretly in my room.
“It was stupid but because I was playing out of my skin and I’m superstitious and have obsessive-compulsive disorder, I was scared to change it.
“I’d never liked alcohol, maybe because my dad used to make me drink a can of Guinness every night as a kid to try to build me up.
“When I joined Leicester we would go out with friends on a Thursday night and put away eight to 12 bottles of wine in a sitting.
“How on earth I used to train the next day was beyond me but I would be fresh as a daisy and on Saturday I was man of the match.
“I didn’t even enjoy drinking that much – when it got to my third bottle I was gagging.”