Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'I went on regular booze benders'

O'Sullivan: 'I went on regular benders'
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Ronnie O'Sullivan reveals that he went on drug and alcohol benders every four months following a stint in rehab.

Five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has revealed that he used to go on drug and alcohol benders every four months.

The 37-year-old has revealed in his autobiography, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail, that he would attend Narcotics Anonymous, but 'treat' himself with a bender every few months.

"At my worst I had to have a joint first thing in the morning just to function," wrote O'Sullivan. "Without it, I felt paranoid, uneasy in myself. So I thought, if I can keep the benders to once every two, three, four months and then have a blast.

"But loads of the time, the snooker got in the way of my benders rather than the other way round. It was as if I was in training for the benders. It was my Olympics.

"Every four months I'm going to get totally wasted. I'd tell myself that was a good reason to stay clean, you'll enjoy it more, you'll deserve it."

O'Sullivan also claims in the book that he rejected £20,000 to fix a snooker match.

Ronnie O'Sullivan of England poses with the trophy and his son Ronnie after beating Barry Hawkins of England to win the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 6, 2013
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