Paul Gascoigne Takes Break From Rehab - to go to Off-Licence
Troubled soccer legend Paul Gascoigne took a break from his alcohol rehab treatment yesterday - to visit an off-licence. The former Rangers star, 43, made a beeline for a store crammed full of booze during his 30-minute lunch break.
He emerged a couple of minutes later clasping a white plastic carrier bag before returning to the private clinic. Gazza has been attending the Providence Project centre in Boscombe, Dorset, in his latest desperate bid to beat the booze.
It is not clear whether he bought alcohol on his shopping trip.There appeared to be a king-sized chocolate bar inside the bag The shop, Boscombe Food and Wine, has a large off-licence sign outside and sells wine, beer and spirits.
The shop assistant who served Gazza claimed he didn't recognise him and couldn't remember what he bought. Unshaven Gascoigne, who was unshaven and dressed in a leather jacket, jeans and trainers, didn't want to speak to the Press. When approached by a reporter, he said: "See you later, darling."
The fallen football star faces Christmas in jail after being caught drink-driving. He voluntarily returned to the Providence Project on Wednesday to start another alcohol rehab programme. He successfully completed a 12-week programme at the clinic in August and received a certificate for his good work.
But weeks after leaving, he was back on the booze. And on October 8, he was stopped driving an MG car in Jesmond, Newcastle, while four times the limit. Yesterday, Gazza left the clinic at around 12.30pm with five fellow patients.
The group walked to the shopping precinct in Boscombe, where Gazza and two friends visited the off-licence. Local shop workers shouted "hello" to Gascoigne before he walked back to the clinic. In an interview in July this year, Gascoigne said: "It's true what they say - one drink is too many and 50 is not enough.
"I don't go out for a drink - I go out to get drunk. It's not a social thing." Providence patients stay in a lodge on the site and have to fend for themselves. Gazza said: "I know I'm in the right place and enjoy myself more when I'm sober."