- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2017

Wrestling icon Ric Flair says his recent hospital stay requiring a medically induced coma stems from decades of alcohol abuse — nearly “20 drinks a day.”

“The Nature Boy” may be a 16-time world champion wrestler, but he now says “between 3,700 and 4,000 calories” from alcoholic drinks each day nearly killed him. An interview on ESPN’s “Dan Le Batard Show” on Thursday revealed specifics related to his alcohol problems and August hospital stay, which “scared the s–t” out of him.

“When I started in the business in 1972, we drove 3,000 miles a week, we drank beer on the road … threw cans out the windows and all the stuff — no cops, it was just a way of life,” the wrestler said. “Then pretty soon, it was drinking a beer, getting to the hotel, drinking liquor. […] It’d be like 20 drinks a day.”

Mr. Flair said that his daughter was informed by doctors in Atlanta on Aug. 14 that he “wasn’t going to make it.”

“I had no idea it was that bad. Wendy never told me,” the wrestler said.

“I had one vice,” Mr. Flair told SI just days before his medical emergency. “I’m not going to point my finger at anybody else. My vice was drinking. I didn’t have any pain issues, addiction problems, marijuana, cocaine, nothing like that. It’s a fact that I kept myself up all night and always had a good time.”

“I never want to go through this again,” the wrestler told Mr. Le Batard.

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