Special: alcoholism and addiction in rugby

Rugby World’s Alan Dymock hosts a podcast on a delicate subject: some rugby players’ struggles with alcohol misuse and addiction.

Joined by Owen Slot and Alex Lowe, and aided by a host of telling interviews including Jason Robinson, the team pick through the issue and consider what help is and isn’t out there for athletes with these or similar mental health issues.

Listen to one medic explain how some players struggling with addiction issues have been listed as having had a chronic injury instead and moved on to unsuspecting clubs. With medical examinations focused on the body and not the mind, should there be an embargo on moving on players who are struggling with drink or drugs?

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