Wednesday 21 February 2018

Alcohol was my toughest opponent to beat - Egan

Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Olympic boxing silver medallist Ken Egan says alcohol has been the toughest opponent he has had to defeat.

The Dubliner, who has not had a drink in seven years, said that by accepting his addiction he was a "winner".

He was speaking at the launch of the Dublin Rutland Centre's second annual 'Recovery Month'.

The centre said there had been rise in the number of people seeking treatment for gambling, but alcohol remained the biggest problem.

The former boxer, who now works in counselling and therapy, said: "Having used alcohol as a tool to numb the pain of low self-worth and that feeling of uselessness, I became very toxic to be around."

Health Minister Simon Harris said he intended to press ahead with the Public Health Alcohol Bill which would introduce new curbs, including minimum pricing.

He called on all political parties to support it.

The only amendment would be to proposals to change the way alcohol is screened from view in retail outlets. This follows lobbying by shop owners about the impracticality of the measures proposed.

He said that if there was all-party support, it could be passed at the end of the year.

All parties have come under strong pressure from the drinks lobby.

The planned legislation has been stalled for nearly a year.

Alcohol addiction accounted for 91pc of all presentations at the Rutland centre last year, up from 87pc in 2015.

Irish Independent

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