A Night In With Paul Merson

A Night In With Paul Merson


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For twenty-one years Paul Merson played professional football. He won two First Division titles with Arsenal and was one of the finest players of his generation.

But for thirty years Paul Merson has also been an addict. Alcohol, drugs, gambling: a desperately unenviable cocktail of addictions and depression which has plagued his entire adult life and driven him to the verge of suicide.

Until recently the drinking and gambling were still raging. Then something clicked.

'One day, I was walking home from the pub late on a Sunday evening, and I thought to myself: I've had enough of feeling like this, every day of my life. I rang up Alcoholics Anonymous the next day, and since then I haven't had a drink.’

In conversation for this very special virtual event, Paul will explore his battles with addiction over three decades, highlight the importance of talking to others, and share his hopes to kick-start a crucial national conversation about addiction, depression and the damage they wreak.

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Paul Merson

Paul Merson appearing at this event

Paul Merson is a retired English football player, and former player-manager of Walsall. His playing career has included spells at Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Portsmouth. He also played for England 21 times.

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