Wrestling Legend, Ric Flair Opens Up About Alcohol Abuse As He Fights For His Life

Wrestling legend Ric Flair has opened up about how “things got out of control” with his social drinking, which saw him rushed to hospital and near death last month. The 16-time pro-wrestling world champion spoke to People magazine to reveal how this fight was the toughest one he has ever faced.

Flair explained:

“I crashed in an airplane and broke my back, I’ve been hit by lightning, but this is totally different. Anything I’ve been through before is nothing like this.”

The 68-year-old was admitted to hospital with stomach pains on August 11, but within hours it became clear he was in the early stages of kidney failure and close to congestive heart failure as a result of his years of drinking. In fact, he was only given a 20% chance of survival and placed in a medically-induced coma.

Doctors had to remove part of Flair’s bowel and insert a pacemaker, with Flair revealing:

“It scared the s— out of me. But I’m not out of the woods yet.”

Currently in an Atlanta convalescence center, Flair added:

“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was.”

The wrestler revealed that his alcohol abuse began in the early days of his career to build camaraderie with his fellow wrestlers:

“I never drank when I was working, but as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”

Flasir used alcohol to help him cope with his injuries and the physical pain that came with his job:

“I’ve never taken a pain pill in my life. I’d just take a shower, flip my hair back and go to the best bar in town.”

The father-of-four admitted that he failed an attempt at rehab four years ago, but now says:

“I’ll never drink again. I never want to go through this again.”

Let’s hope Ric can turn the corner – get well soon!

 

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