I've nearly died 19 times, says Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne revealed yesterday the depths of his alcohol and substance abuse, admitting that he nearly died on 19 occasions.
Speaking to Eamon Hughes and Ruth Langsford on ITV's This morning Show, Gascoigne added that while he had been sober for majority of the past 18 years, he has had more than his fair share of brushes with death.
The 47 year-old shocked viewers when he revealed the depths of his alcohol abuse when Holmes asked the former footballer:
"How many times have you nearly died in that 18 years?" Holmes asked.
Gazza revealed the figure to be 19.
The former England star was placed in an emergency three-day detox after he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act at the end of October, but says he is currently living alcohol free.
The temptation however is always there said during the live interview.
"You have a few mouthfuls and the cravings get stronger," he said when describing his binge drinking.
Gascoigne says he is getting his life back on track following his lapse last month and is thankful for all the support he receives.
"I have pulled myself round quickly. Sometimes when I am down, I go for a walk down the high street and the public pick me up.