The England footballer was so shocked by his behaviour, which followed an evening of drinking, that he made contact with Beechy Colclough, who has treated a number of celebrities for addictive illnesses, including Elton John and Michael Jackson.
The news comes after a week that saw the most talented and controversial English player of his generation in trouble on the pitch as well as off it. On Wednesday he was sent off for a petulant foul while playing for Glasgow Rangers against Ajax of Amsterdam.
The two incidents, which have outraged women's groups and football followers alike, are the latest in a long line that have sullied what should have been a glittering career. From rupturing knee ligaments in a crazy tackle during the FA Cup Final of 1991 to a public drinking binge in Hong Kong before the Euro 96 tournament, Gascoigne seems to have courted adverse publicity.
Alcohol appears to have been a consistent problem. The former England manager, Graham Taylor, once referred to his "refuelling habits". Now he may have come to what recovering alcoholics refer to as rock bottom - a point at which they realise they must do something about their problem.
When Gascoigne meets Mr Colclough - himself a recovering alcoholic - he will learn that alcoholism is an illness rather than a moral issue or weakness. He will hear, also, that the only cure is abstinence, one day at a time.
Should Gascoigne get into recovery, he will join fellow footballers Paul Merson and Tony Adams, as well as celebrities such as Eric Clapton and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Fame will be a problem, and it may be that rather than attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, which could turn into media circuses, Gascoigne could be urged to book into a treatment centre for six to eight weeks.
That would cause short-term problems with an England match in Georgia in three weeks' time - from which many critics have called for him to be omitted, anyway - but would certainly be of long-term benefit.
Yesterday he had support from the England coach, Glenn Hoddle: "Anything I can do that's helpful to Paul and his family at this time, I will seek to do." As for Gascoigne's international future, he said: "Any football decision involving England I will take at the right time when I'm aware of all the circumstances."
Whatever happens, Gascoigne has taken an important step by seeking help from a professional expert, rather than the advice of yes-men and hangers- on.
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