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The real dry life

AS PAUL Gascoigne announced yesterday that he was "never going to drink again", Derek Rutherford, director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said that the physical process of drying-out - ridding the body of alcohol - takes a week to 10 days.

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THE ENGLAND captain, Alan Shearer, was last night reported to have laid the blame for the disappointing performances in the European Championship qualifying games at the feet of Glenn Hoddle.
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