Paul Gascoigne thanks stars who paid to save his life, but warns he 'may drink again'
· Showbiz pals paid for stay at £7,500-a-week Cottonwood clinic, Arizona
· But the 45-year-old said he would not rule out another drinking binge
· He was speaking on Alan Carr's TV chat programme Chatty Man
Fallen football hero Paul Gascoigne has thanked the celebrities and Premier League stars who stumped up cash to save his life, but has warned them he 'may drink again'.
Speaking on Alan Carr's TV chat programme Chatty Man, the former England star thanked his friends - among them DJ Chris Evans, and footballers Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard - for paying for his recent stint in rehab.
But the 45-year-old then said he would not rule out going on another drinking binge.
Fallen football hero Paul Gascoigne has thanked the celebrities and Premier League stars who stumped up cash to save his life, but has warned them he 'may drink again'
Speaking on Alan Carr's TV chat programme Chatty Man, the former England star thanked his friends - among them Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard - for paying for his recent stint in rehab.
Paul Gascoigne was a familiar figure in London's cars and clubs, often accompanied by footballer friends like David Seaman
He said it had been three months since he had had a drink and admitted that he missed alcohol
He added: 'I do miss a pint. I’ll never say never. I might drink again in the future', the Daily Star reports.
He said while he he his 'eye on the ball' he does have an addictive personality and often got 'too excited' after one drink.
He said: 'It’s all right getting there but once I’m drunk I’m a nightmare.'
A number of footballers and showbiz stars paid for him to stay at the £7,500-a-week Cottonwood clinic in Arizona amid deepening concerns for his life.
In the tearful interview Mr Gascoigne - Gazza - said off-licences would still serve him and that he could 'get booze anywhere'. But he added he was 'really grateful' for the help given to him by his friends
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, Liverpool star Steven Gerrard, 32, Arsenal star Jack Wilshere, 21, Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker, 52, and DJ Chris Evans, 47, were among those who paid for his stay after his latest prolonged dirnking stint and increasinlgy erratic behaviour.
Sir Alan Sugar and football club Manchester United are also said to have contributed, with any money left handed over to other good causes.
Gazza said he was given fantastic support and that he would have liked to think they saved a 'good man.'
He said: 'From the bottom of my heart I am really grateful.'
It has been reported that bosses of the show -which sees stars share a tipple of their choice with host Alan Carr as they chat - removed all alcohol from the set.
Instead the on set drinks cabinet was filled with fruit juice.
Bosses of the show - which sees stars share a tipple of their choice with host Alan Carr as they chat - removed all alcohol from the set. Instead the on set drinks cabinet was filled with fruit juice
In 2008 Paul Gascoigne was admitted The Priory rehab clinic in Roehampton in a battle to beat the bottle
In the tearful interview Mr Gascoigne - Gazza - said off-licences would still serve him and that he could 'get booze anywhere'.
He also admitted that if he saw others struggling in the street he would pay for cigarettes or buy them a drink as he knew it was 'horrific' to detox.
During the interview he claimed to have given most of his fortune away to the needy - including £1million to charity - and said he had sometimes sent money to 'old dears' who had written to him saying they did not have enough money to pay for Christmas dinner.
He said: 'If all the Premier League players did that there would be £60m in a fund for people to get well.'
Chatty Man is on tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.
(Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...life-warns-drink-again.html?ito=feeds-newsxml) PUBLISHED:02:33, 12 April 2013
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