Tony Adams: Drunk and Dry

Published on 26th February 2016 by

Tony Adams was right up there with the best defenders in Europe before he went off the rails as a result of alcoholism, his performances and his behavior off the field were deeply affected. In this 2002 television documentary, Drunk and Dry, Adams talks candidly about his problems and how he overcame them to rediscover his form and become an essential component of a famous Arsenal back four as well as an important player for the England international team.

The film includes contributions from Arsenal teammates including Lee Dixon, his England national team mentor Terry Butcher, and his manager at the time of his problems George Graham. In the year 2000 Tony Adams co-founded the Sporting Chance Clinic, a registered charity which provides a specialist addiction recovery facility for footballers and other athletes.


Tony Adams wrote about his problems with alcohol in the autobiographical 1999 book Addicted, published through Harper Collins and available in paperback or hardback editions (not yet available to purchase in Kindle format).

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