Andrew Flintoff ‘quit drinking to beat depression’
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Andrew Flintoff has revealed that he has given up drinking, as it makes his bouts of depression worse.
The former England all-rounder had a reputation for being a hard drinker and famously attended a Downing Street reception for England’s winning 2005 Ashes team while drunk.
However, Flintoff told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that he has given up drinking in a bid to improve his mental health.
He said: “It’s not so much the drinking, it’s actually the reasons why you are drinking. When you are drinking because you are trying to get away from something I think that is when you have to look at everything.
“One of the reasons I probably stopped drinking is the fact that I am prone to suffer from depression. Drinking does not help one bit. I don’t touch it now.”
Flintoff took 226 wickets in 79 Tests.