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‘I WOULD HAVE PASSED AWAY FROM THE DRINK’ – FORMER-MANCHESTER UNITED KEEPER ROY CARROLL ON ALCOHOL ADDICTION

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll believes he could have died had he not overcome an addiction to alcohol. The coronavirus pandemic has stopped face-to-face sessions for Carroll at his RC1 goalkeeping school. Carroll has now returned to Northern Ireland and has joined Dungannon Swifts at the age of 43.Carroll told the Daily Mail that a return to football has helped him cope with the strains of lockdown. “I’d been good for quite a long time until this. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, it knocks you down,” he said.

Carroll’s problems with alcohol began in 2006 while he was playing for West Ham. He was out of action for a long period while dealing with a back injury. ‘I’d never had a long injury before and slowly but surely I was getting into a deeper hole. I wasn’t mentally prepared for it,’ he recalled.Former Northern Ireland keeper believes that had he not been able to stop his drinking, he would have died. Carroll began his recovery in 2011 after separating from his wife, though they have now reconciled. He hopes by opening up he is able to spur others in a similar position to get the help they may need.

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