Boxer Says Alcohol, Cocaine No Problem — Classic Denial

Ricky Hatton, a British boxer currently in treatment for “depression,” denies drug addiction or alcohol abuse:

…Hatton, whose treatment at The Priory clinic is for depression, also said: “I’m not the slightest bit worried about the cocaine. Problem? What problem?

“He said his drinking is not an issue either, after confessing to downing nearly 50 pints of Guinness a week.

“You would associate alcoholism with shorts like whisky and vodka – but I have never really had that,” the News of the World quotes him as saying.

Well, let’s see.  Roughly speaking, one 12-ounce beer (or stout, such as Guiness) has the same amount of alcohol as one shot of whiskey.  That would make a pint (16 fluid ounces) equal to 1.33 shots.  Multiply that by 50 pints, and we’re looking at the equivalent in alcohol content, of 66.5 shots of liquor a week at least.  That’s an average of 9.5 shots per day, compared to the maximum daily recommended intake of 2 drinks for an adult male (1 for females).

It’s important to remember that it is the total amount of alcohol that counts, not the kind of drink.  One shot is equal to one 4-oz. glass of wine, which is equal to one 12-oz. beer.  End of story.  The amount of alcohol imbibed by Mr. Hatton is well beyond the threshold of concern.

Ricky Hatton with Manny Pacquiao, a recent opponent (Wikimedia Commons)

Nonetheless, what matters is why you drink.  Mr. Hatton drinks, according to him, to alleviate depression — the same reason he uses cocaine.

Well, alcohol is one of the causes of depression, not a cure, so there’s a problem with that excuse. Furthermore, cocaine withdrawal causes depression. Mr. Hatton states that he doesn’t remember how much cocaine he used the last time, because he has blackouts when he drinks — a certain indicator of advancing alcohol addiction.

This is such a classic case, involving so many kinds of common denial, that I just had to bring it to your attention.

Have a great week!

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