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Paul Gascoigne Paul John Gascoigne (born 27 May, 1967 in Gateshead, England), often referred to as Gazza, is a retired English football player who is widely regarded as one of the most gifted footballers of his generation.  is winning his battle against the bottle - but has admitted getting through Christmas will be hard.

The 36-year-old former England and Newcastle United midfielder said: "I'm just trying to cope with life without drink - but Christmas will be tough. It has been hard work and it'll be hard over Christmas - but I've got to accept I've got an alcohol problem and I can't drink again."

Gascoigne, whose hopes of a return to the Premiership were ended by Wolves after a recent trial, is unsure of the future.

He is pondering pon·der  
v. pon·dered, pon·der·ing, pon·ders
To weigh in the mind with thoroughness and care.

To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care.
 taking part in a celebrity survival show, after admitting he "bottled out" of taking part in a previous edition.

And the former Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers Rapidly deployable airborne light infantry organized and trained to conduct highly complex joint direct action operations in coordination with or in support of other special operations units of all Services.  midfielder revealed an offer from a club in Cyprus also appeals.

He said: "I've been off the drink for eight or nine months now.

"But I need to know where I am in my own head over the next couple of weeks before I make any rash decisions - because I've made enough of those over the years."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2003
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