Ronnie O’Sullivan binged on alcohol and cannabis before snooker career
When you think of snooker, chances are you think of Ronnie O’Sullivan as well. The 47-year-old is one of the best snooker players in the sport’s entire history and is a seven-time world champion. However, he’s now opened up on his past and revealed he used to binge on alcohol, cannabis and McDonald’s before making it to the big time.
O’Sullivan has previously reflected on his past and revealed he sometimes struggled with his demons in the first years of his career.
The 47-year-old revealed he’d struggled with alcohol and cannabis during his younger years, while also admitting he had a fondness for McDonald’s as well.
“I went wild for six years,” he has said. “Booze and spliffs. I loved a joint. The only problem with a joint is that one follows another, and another.
“I would have any old drink, it didn’t matter. Then at 7am the sun would come up and I’d think, ‘Oh, Jesus, I’ve done it again.’ The birds would be tweeting and I’d think, ‘I’m bang in trouble.’
“At my worst I had to have a joint first thing in the morning just to function. The snooker got in the way of my benders, rather than the other way round.”
And now, in an excerpt from his book published by The Times, O’Sullivan has shed more light on his difficult past.
“I was smoking too much weed, I was bulk-buying too much Smirnoff,” he stated. I’d always been capable of putting away a fair amount of food, but now I found new gears.
“Calling up minicabs and getting them to deliver enough McDonald’s to feed most of D wing at the Scrubs, going down the list on the menu for the local Chinese and ordering so much you would struggle to actually take it away.
“Sixteen stone, when my natural weight as a late teenager should have been 11, 12 max.
“A right old gut on me, my snooker waistcoats straining at the seams, being let out at the back and then abandoned altogether for a larger man’s cut.
“Puffing like a maniac in the evening, lining up the food beforehand, waking up with the munchies and smashing a load more down.”
O’Sullivan has also admitted he enjoyed ‘dangerous’ nights out with the likes of Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood and Damien Hirst back in the 1990s.
“It was good fun for three or four years,” were his words. “After that, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”
Meanwhile, O’Sullivan was left reeling after Brecel beat him at the World Snooker Championship on Thursday.
Speaking after that defeat, the 47-year-old sparked fears he could quit by saying: “I’m not really that disappointed.
“I wish I was but you kind of get to the point where you’re like, ‘Why am I playing snooker?’ I love the lifestyle, I love my life, I love everything I do with snooker.
“I don’t just play snooker. Part of it is playing, I’ve accepted that to not get too down on myself. It’s just a snooker match at the end of the day.
“I’ve probably lost here 24 times and won seven times so the law of averages say at some point you have to get beat. This year was the one time, I’m sure I’ll have another good performance at the Crucible, but who knows? We’ll just wait and see.
“I felt alright, I just thought I’d have to hang on and graft it out and see what happens, but I just didn’t put up any resistance.
“The chance I did have, I didn’t score heavy enough. Ran out of position a lot, chasing the game, the other guy’s playing well, putting you under pressure. Sometimes you just don’t win, it’s simple, the other guy plays better.”
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