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Former Black Stars defender John Paintsil reveals lifetime abstinence from alcohol


Former Black Stars defender John Paintsil has disclosed a unique facet of his disciplined lifestyle, revealing that he has never consumed alcohol throughout his life.

In a recent interview with Angel TV, Paintsil shed light on the decision to abstain from alcohol, attributing it to a childhood experience.

He recounted, “I saw the father of one of my friends lying in the gutter after he got drunk, and I asked my father why is he in that situation, and my father said it was because he was drunk. I made a promise to myself that I was never going to drink alcohol, and to date, I have never tasted alcohol.”

Paintsil’s commitment to avoiding alcohol is rooted in a broader philosophy of self-discipline, which he believes is crucial even in times of affluence.
“There comes a time in life when you are able to afford all the things you want, but you need to be self-disciplined,” he remarked.

Throughout his illustrious career spanning over a decade and a half, Paintsil represented Ghana in numerous Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments and played a key role in the historic 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup campaigns.
Known for his unwavering dedication to the sport, Paintsil boasts an impressive record of 89 caps for the Black Stars.

At the club level, he donned the jerseys of Premier League sides West Ham United and Fulham, as well as experiencing brief stints with Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maritzburg United.

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