Why Strictly’s Tony Adams Finally Quit Drinking After 11 Years of Battling Alcohol Addiction

Melanie Macleod

Former Arsenal footballer Tony Adams take part in Come dance strictly this year, and while he’s now the picture of health on the dance floor, that wasn’t always the case.

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The 55-year-old is an alcoholic, even taking the field under the influence of alcohol on several occasions, but has been sober for 26 years, following a moment of lucidity. “I drank too much, too often, too long,” he said on the Mad World of Bryony Gordon podcast. On getting sober after 11½ years of drinking, Tony said: “My life has been amazing since that day.”

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Speaking about his life before his recovery, Tony said alcohol suppressed all his thoughts and feelings, but he felt like he didn’t want to live when he was drinking and it took him to hit rock bottom to start his journey to sobriety.

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“I have to remember that at the end of my drinking, I didn’t want to live, but I didn’t know how to kill myself. I was at the ‘starting point’, we call it. I was there. arrived, and only then could I ask for help,” he said. The Guardian.

Now 26 years sober, the father-of-six is ​​still in therapy twice a week and founded the Sports Chance Clinica charity that provides support for sports professionals with mental health and addiction issues.

Tony Adams is thrilled to appear on Strictly Come Dancing this year

Speaking to the BBC to join the Strictly line-up this year, the former England footballer and manager said: “To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of glitter and the appeal of salsa has me swapping my old, worn football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes.

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“I am absolutely thrilled to give it my all on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Come dance strictly. I can’t wait to meet my partner – God help her – and start dancing.”

Tony Adams founded a charity to help other drug addicts

The footballing legend is known for his 22-year career as a centre-back playing for both Arsenal and England. Having captained both teams, he is considered one of Arsenal’s finest players and is a true icon of English football.

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