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A Premier League footballer has become the first player to go to rehab for an addiction to laughing gas, according to reports. 

The star was admitted to a medical centre after his family reportedly reached out to the club to help with his addiction to Nitrous oxide.  

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 this doesn’t mean that 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 worried after the police stopped a car in which he was a passenger and found dozens of canisters in the footwell, according to The Sun.

A Premier League footballer has reportedly gone to rehab for an addiction to laughing gas

A Premier League footballer has reportedly gone to rehab for an addiction to laughing gas 

However, the police could not take action as they could not prove who the canisters found in the car belonged to. 

Nevertheless, the incident – which is said to have taken place a few weeks before Christmas – worried the player’s family, forcing them to reach out to the club. 

A source spoke to The Sun about the incident, saying: ‘His family became aware and asked the club for help. 

‘The player was told if he wanted to save his career, he had to go to a specialist residential centre and get some help.’ 

The source went on to add: ‘He’s basically undergoing detox in the same way you would if you were hooked on alcohol or any other drug.

‘He’s the first Premier League footballer to be treated for addiction to nitrous oxide but, given how rife its use is among players, it’s unlikely he’ll be the last.’

Nitrous oxide gas is inhaled, typically by discharging nitrous gas cartridges into another object, such as a balloon, or directly into the mouth.

Inhaling nitrous oxide is said to produce a rapid rush of euphoria and feeling of floating or excitement for a short period of time. 

The following effects may be felt almost immediately and can last for a few minutes: numbness of the body, uncontrolled laughter and blurred vision. 

Several footballers including the likes of Jack Grealish, Dele Alli, Leon Baily and Kyle Walker have been pictured with laughing gas before

Several footballers including the likes of Jack Grealish, Dele Alli, Leon Baily and Kyle Walker have been pictured with laughing gas before

Walker was another player pictured inhaling the laughing gas. He was pictured sucking on a balloon in September 2013. The pictures of Walker were released while he was away in Kiev

Walker was another player pictured inhaling the laughing gas. He was pictured sucking on a balloon in September 2013. The pictures of Walker were released while he was away in Kiev

If a large amount of nitrous oxide is inhaled it can produce  loss of blood pressure, fainting or even a heart attack. 

According to the Alcohol and Drug foundation, inhaling nitrous oxide can be fatal if you don’t get enough oxygen, which is known as hypoxia.

Prolonged exposure to nitrous oxide may also result in memory loss, weakened immune system, limb spasms, psychological dependence, depression and more.

The source went on to speak about the Nitrous oxide issue within the league. They said: ‘One Premier League star recently celebrated his birthday and splashed out on almost £10,000 of canisters.

‘Loads take them because they can’t get caught with it in their system.

‘It’s happening at all clubs and some of those using are very well-known players. I’m not sure any of them know it’s now a Class C drug.

‘No footballer would dream of having a stash of cannabis in their house, but many have a supply of balloons for them and their pals. They seem to have no idea just how dangerous using it can be.’

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 heading to rehab in the US to help with his sleeping pill addiction. 

A picture shared on social media claiming to be inside a flat in Salford showed Alli and several friends sitting around a table laden with 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 with a balloon in his mouth surrounded by laughing gas canisters in April 2023 before heading to rehab in the US to help with his sleeping pill addiction

Ali was pictured with a balloon in his mouth surrounded by laughing gas canisters in April 2023 before heading to rehab in the US to help with his sleeping pill addiction

Bailey was also pictured holding a giant balloon to his lips while sitting in the front seat of his car in March 2023 after Aston Villa’s 2-0 win over Everton. 

A time-stamp and location at the bottom of the video is said to have read: ‘Birmingham 7.19am’, The Sun reported.

It is believed Bailey had been at a friend’s birthday party on the Saturday night following his 61st-minute substitution during the Premier League clash. 

Walker was another player pictured inhaling the laughing gas. He was pictured sucking on a balloon in September 2013. 

The pictures of Walker were released while he was away in Kiev on international duty, preparing for England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. 

The picture of Walker is said to have been taken in June when an injury forced him out of the England squad to face the Republic of Ireland and the Brazil.

Walker took full responsibility for his actions and released the following statement while in camp with his Three Lions team-mates. 

‘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 into putting their own health at risk.’

Later on Sunday evening, Walker took to X and added: ‘Apologies for not commenting sooner on a story about me today. I’ve been training 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 getaway.

Sport science professor and former FA performance head John Brewer has explained how exposure to nitrous oxide can reduce a player’s levels of vitamin B12.

He said: ‘B12 is essential for nerve function. So if you are a top-level footballer trying to make skillful movements and pass a ball effectively, you don’t want your nerves to be damaged in any way because you need that peripheral ability to sense movements.’

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