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Paul Gascoigne: I've Never Been As Bad As This
Paul Gascoigne says he is not ready to give up his fight against alcohol addiction after his emergency admission to a US rehab clinic.
The Sunday Mirror reported that the former football star told his friend Jimmy Gardner: "The drink nearly finished me off this time.
"I know I've never been as bad as this before. But I'm not ready to give up the fight.
"I'm getting better now. I'm not there yet, but I'm getting there."
Friends of Gascoigne, 45, clubbed together to pay for his £6,000-a-week detox treatment, after a relapse in January.
He was transferred to a hospital following a seizure, where he spoke to Mr Gardner, 46, from his ward.
Mr Gardner told the Sunday Mirror: "Paul sounded frail and weak and scared.
"But I could hear something else in his voice too. I could hear grit and determination.
"No one knows Paul like I do and I can tell you, he's not for throwing in the towel.
"I love him to his bones. I can't think about him not being here. He'll beat the booze. He's done it before and he'll do it again."
He will now spend time in isolation in rehab, and has had his phone taken away as part of his therapy.