Wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin has used a podcast to give his hilarious take on reports he’s given up alcohol for good.
Austin revealed recently that he’d given up the booze as part of a new health regimen.
The 53-year-old said he had been sober for 14 days and was feeling great.
Understandably, the news sent shockwaves through the world of wrestling, considering he was famous for chugging two beers in the ring at every event.
However, the wrestling great has moved to clarify the hysteria over the news that he’s given up the booze for good – insisting that it’s only a temporary measure.
“There ain’t no room in my diet for alcohol at this point in time,” Austin said.
“I didn’t swear off alcohol forever. Why in the f— would I do that? I enjoy alcohol responsibly as an adult, so therefore I will probably drink until my final day on Earth.”
The 53-year-old said he was overwhelmed by the response to his initial news.
“Everybody started spreading the word, my phone started ringing off the hook, people were texting me, people were emailing me or sending me direct messages,” he said.
“Some people were flat-out upset and heartbroken that I had stopped drinking beer.
“I had many people who are recovering addicts saying, ‘Hey man, congratulations on your newfound sobriety.’
“To those people, I say thank you so much for caring about me, but that was a rumour. I’m fine, I’m on a diet. That’s why I quit.”
Austin has another former wrestler to thank for his transformation. He gave up beer as part of Diamond Dallas Page’s yoga program. Austin was complimentary of the program on his podcast, boasting that he felt like he could do the splits.
“My eating program is going fantastic. [I’m] sticking to my exact macros. [I’ve had] zero alcohol for right at 14 days now,” he said.
“Pounds are coming off. My strength is going up. Jesus Christ, I’m getting as strong as a horse over here.”
Austin also spoke about trying medical marijuana, but said it was never his vice of choice.
Since retiring from in-ring matches in 2003, Austin has still made occasional appearances at WWE shows. His next appearance is almost sure to include a stunner, but the beer chugging is no longer a guarantee.
With Yahoo Sports US