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Sober since April, Abby Wambach says she secretly abused alcohol and drugs for years

Sober since April, Abby Wambach says she secretly abused alcohol and drugs for years

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach calls being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence earlier this year “one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”

In an interview with the Associated Press ahead of the release of her memoir “Forward,” the former World Cup champion said that incident finally forced her to face a problem she had hidden from the public for years — her abuse of alcohol and prescription pills.

“If I don't get so publicly shamed and publicly humiliated, I don't think I wake up,” said Wambach, whose 184 goals in international soccer are the most ever by a male or female player.

“I think I...

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