Dad’s death drove Calum to drink­ing

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CALUM Best has told how he turned to al­co­hol when his father died, say­ing he “went drink­ing for a good three to four years”.

The son of the late foot­ball star Ge­orge Best ad­mit­ted he had ru­ined his rep­u­ta­tion, health and ca­reer in the process.

Talk­ing to ITV’s Loose Women, Best ( above) ex­plained: “It may sound weak to some, but it was my cop­ing mech­a­nism.

“I went drink­ing for a good three to four years, I ru­ined my health, ru­ined my ca­reer, ru­ined my rep­u­ta­tion...”.

The 35-year-old said it was his mother, model Angie Best, who got him back on the straight and nar­row.

“The thing is, what I’ve no­ticed is, as much as I’m try­ing to be­come com­fort­able in my own skin, my ca­reer is go­ing well, my health is good... I’m on a re­ally healthy path, which is re­ally good for me, but I still have that de­mon in­side me.”

Calum’s father fought a pub­lic bat­tle with booze and passed away in 2005 aged 59. MOON­DUST smells like gun­pow­der

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