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.