Peter Stringer talks about his decision to stay alcohol free all his life

The 39 year recently signed a short term contract with Worcester Warriors in England.

Stringer has had a very successful career since leaving Munster 6 years ago playing for English sides Saracens, Bath, Newcastle, Sale and now Worcester.

Stringer has joined up with former Munster and Ireland teammate Donnacha O’Callaghan at Worcester who is also a non drinker.

Stringer was recently on the Off The Ball podcast speaking about his international and club career as well as his decision to abstain from alcohol. Stringer gives an insight into his thinking behind the decision and where he felt the decision was made exactly.

Speaking on Off the Ball the scrum half said

I always try and think back to a reason and if there was a moment and I can only put it down to going to rugby internationals with my dad when I was a kid.

You’d leave the old Lansdowne Road walking across the pitch. You’d look into the terraces and you might see a guy lying on the steps of the terrace on his own with a bottle of cider.

Whether these moments had a lasting effect on me of just not being in control or being on your own or just being I suppose unaware of where you are. Maybe it’s stemmed from that.

I like being in control of everything around me, in control of my career and everything I do….

Obviously you go through a couple of tough years in University when people have no respect for you when you don’t do that. You’re not really part of the crowd after games, but it’s something you come out the far side of.

I’m glad that I never had [had a drink]. I can probably say I never will. It’s just something I’ve gone through. I’ve lived and it’s going to continue that way.

Stringers point make complete sense and you would have to applaud him from staying away from drink giving the drinking culture within team sports, especially after such huge wins like the Heineken cup and the Grand Slam with Ireland.

He doesn’t see himself retiring anytime soon either, as long as he is fit enough he will play. The former Munster great recently spoke about his pre season preparations and how he was still well able to keep up with the young players, he also discussed retirement with another long serving Irish International, Robbie Keane.

As long as the body and the mind are in sync with each other, and I’m playing at a competitive level and I feel good enough to do it, then I’ll keep doing it.

I spoke to Robbie Keane the other day, ahead of his new venture to India. He was like; ‘we’re going to be a long time retired, so keep playing as long as week can…’

I enjoy it. I want to keep going for as long as I can. The body feels good, so lets see what happens.


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