Perhaps Paul had too much success at too young an age.
Whatever went wrong the player has struggled with physical and mental health issues for a number of years. When he is seen, on TV for example, he looks pale and too thin. A shadow of his former self. A haunted man. Paul was in the news when gunman Raoul Moat was on the run from police. Moat was holed up with a weapon when Paul turned up offering to help police. Claiming that he knew Paul, who was not a 'bad guy, according to Paul, he was widely believed to be intoxicated.
The latest news is that Paul is seeking help in the USA. Paul's management company, GamePlan Solutions, issued a statement which read:
"Alcoholic Paul Gascoigne has been experiencing a tough time of late. He has been asking for help and has willingly been admitted to a treatment centre in America. "He has complex issues that are currently being dealt with by professionals. Paul has been extremely touched and overwhelmed by the generous offers of help and support over the past few days.
"He is motivated to fully understand and control his addiction problem under guidance."
An obviously troubled man, Paul has found it hard to fight his demons. His public battle with alcohol is not dissimilar to the late George Best. No-one wants to see a similar fate befall Paul.
Paul continues to be supported by the Professional Footballers' Association. He still believes that he can sort himself out. The nation will hope the same. Best wishes are sent to Paul and his family. Good luck Gazza.