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    When the acclaim turned to sorrow: at the last chance saloon with Paul Gascoigne

    Paul Gascoigne's lonely road to the last chance saloon (Guardian)
    Despite his many victories over his demons, there was a horrible
    sense of inevitability about the great footballer's latest relapse.
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    The most talented, and most tainted, England player of his generation was back on the booze. It was as unseemly as it was pitiful, and the redtops devoured it. Last week, he had to be helped on to the stage for an evening of chat in Northampton. He was weepy, abusive, and obviously ill.
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    On Wednesday, it was revealed that a few of Gazza's celebrity friends, including Chris Evans and Piers Morgan, had clubbed together to pay for the stay in Arizona, where has has previously been treated. Morgan told the Guardian he believed Gascoigne was "at the last chance saloon – an all-too apt metaphor for Paul because he has always found it so difficult to pass a saloon without being lured in for a drink".
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    Gascoigne has often been compared to another footballing genius, George Best, who died in 2005, aged 59. "He had an irresistible charm, like George Best," Morgan said. "Gazza was incredibly funny – a naturally quick-witted, funny character. And there is the emotional side: when he cried at the World Cup, the country fell in love with him because we saw that underneath the cheeky chappy character was this very caring, sensitive, emotional, vulnerable guy."

    But, Morgan said, in another way Gascoigne couldn't be more different to Best: "George Best was a happy drunk. He never wanted to be helped – he just wanted to be left alone to drink himself into the grave; Gazza is a very unhappy drunk. He has been through innumerable hellish treatments, and although he keeps falling off the rails, he is still desperate to sort himself out."
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    much more at the link, and prayers for Gazza

    Paul Gascoigne (Wiki)

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    Prayers are with Gazza.

    Paul Gascoigne 'recovering' after being admitted to intensive care (Guardian)
    • Gary Mabbutt eases fears that Gascoigne's life at risk
    • Struggling star in Arizona hospital after bad detox reaction

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    A part of why Gazza is held dear, while he still matters to so many:
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH_Yt0K3tZA"]World Cup 1990 Semi-Final England v Germany - YouTube[/ame]

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    Been there, done that- minus the fame and adulation, of course. Alcoholism is an insidious disease, and IMO two of the most dangerous accomplices for an alcoholic are intelligence and fame. Prayers for this human being.

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    A quintessential Gascoigne moment - for better or worse:

    Paul Gascoigne: Why I tried to take killer Raoul Moat fishing

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    For a man as tormented and addicted as Gascoigne, one month rehab sounds totally inadequate. I wish him well but I don't hold out much hope I'm afraid
    England's dancing days are done...

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