Premier League star ‘becomes first footballer to go to rehab for addiction to laughing gas’ after his ‘worried family reached out to the club for help’
A Premier League footballer has reportedly become the first player to enter rehab for an addiction to laughing gas.
The star was admitted to a medical center after his family reportedly reached out to the club to help with his nitrous oxide addiction.
Nitrous oxide is popular on the party scene and users say it creates feelings of euphoria and light-headedness, while others experience hallucinations.
Nitrous oxide is not illegal to possess, but that does not mean it is safe to use. Drug advice website Frank says there is a risk of death as a lack of oxygen can occur.
The player’s family became concerned after police stopped a car in which he was a passenger and found dozens of containers in the footwell, according to The sun.
A Premier League footballer has reportedly gone to rehab for an addiction to laughing gas
However, the police could not act as they could not prove who the containers found in the car belonged to.
Nevertheless, the incident – which is believed to have taken place a few weeks before Christmas – has worried the player’s family, forcing them to reach out to the club.
Speaking to The Sun about the incident, a source said: ‘His family became aware and asked the club for help.
“The player has been told if he wants to save his career he needs to go to a specialist residential center and get help.”
The source further added: ‘He’s basically going through detox the same way you would if you were addicted to alcohol or any other drug.
“He is the first Premier League footballer to be treated for nitrous oxide addiction, but given how widespread its use is among players, he is unlikely to be the last.”
Nitrous oxide gas is inhaled, typically by passing nitrogen gas cartridges into another object, such as a balloon, or directly into the mouth.
Inhaling nitrous oxide is said to cause a quick rush of euphoria and a feeling of elation or excitement for a short period of time.
The following effects can be felt almost immediately and can last for several minutes: numbness of the body, uncontrolled laughter and blurred vision.
Several footballers, including Jack Grealish, Dele Alli, Leon Baily and Kyle Walker, have been pictured with laughing gas before.
Walker was another player who inhaled the laughing gas. He was pictured sucking on a balloon in September 2013. The photos of Walker were released while he was away in Kiev
If a large amount of nitric oxide is inhaled, it can cause loss of blood pressure, fainting or even a heart attack.
According to the Alcohol and Drug foundationInhaling nitrous oxide can be fatal if you don’t get enough oxygen, which is known as hypoxia.
Prolonged exposure to nitrous oxide can also result in memory loss, weakened immune system, limb spasms, psychological dependence, depression and more.
The source went on to talk about the nitrous oxide issue in the league. They said: ‘A Premier League star recently celebrated his birthday and splashed out on almost £10,000 worth of knick-knacks.
‘Cargos take them because they can’t get caught up in their system with it.
“It happens at all clubs and some of those who use it are very famous players. I’m not sure any of them know it’s a class C drug now.
‘No footballer would dream of having a stash of weed in their house, but many have a stash of balloons for themselves and their pals. They seem to have no idea how dangerous it can be to use it.’
Several footballers, including the likes of Jack Grealish, Dele Alli, Leon Baily and Kyle Walker, have been pictured with laughing gas before.
Ali was pictured with a balloon in his mouth surrounded by laughing gas canisters in April 2023 before going to rehab in the US to help with his sleeping pill addiction.
A photo shared on social media claiming to be in a flat in Salford showed Alli and several friends sitting around a table full of giant bottles of nitrous oxide.
The table was also littered with a variety of other party related items including £215.00 Clase Azul tequila, Magnum – a 16.5% alcohol tonic wine from Jamaica.
Ali was pictured in April 2023 with a balloon in his mouth surrounded by laughing gas canisters before going to rehab in the US to help with his sleeping pill addiction
Bailey was also pictured holding a giant balloon to his lips as he sat in the front seat of his car following Aston Villa’s 2-0 win over Everton in March 2023.
A time stamp and location at the bottom of the video is said to have read: ‘Birmingham 7.19am’, The sun reported.
Bailey is believed to have been at a friend’s birthday party on Saturday night following his 61st-minute substitution during the Premier League clash.
Walker was another player who inhaled the laughing gas. He was pictured sucking on a balloon in September 2013.
The pictures of Walker were released while he was away on international duty in Kiev preparing for England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
The photo of Walker was apparently taken in June when an injury forced him out of the England squad to face the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Walker took full responsibility for his actions and released the following statement while in camp with his Three Lions teammates.
‘I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with the practice and accept that my actions were of poor judgement. I hope this will in no way influence or encourage others to put their own health at risk.’
Later Sunday night, Walker took to X and added: ‘Apologies for not commenting earlier on a story about me today. I have trained and am focused on Tuesday’s game for England.’
Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross, Leandro Trossard and Alireza Jahanbakhsh were also spotted inhaling balloons during a Spanish break.
Sports science professor and former FA performance chief John Brewer explained how exposure to nitric oxide can reduce a player’s levels of vitamin B12.
He said: ‘B12 is essential for nerve function. So if you’re a top-level soccer player trying to make skillful moves and pass a ball efficiently, you don’t want your nerves to be damaged in any way because you need that peripheral ability to feel movements.’