Searle admits to drinking problem

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Embattled NDG councillor Jeremy Searle admitted having a drinking problem, but insists he is not an alcoholic.

In an interview with CJAD, Searle said he is receiving medical treatment involving repeat dose alcohol - small amounts of regulalry administered alcohol to help ween patients off their dependence.

"I have a drinking problem," he said. "I don't have to take Valium and all that other stuff that other people do. It's very mild. It's a diminishing dose."

Searle was the centre of two controversies this week. The first occured Monday, when he and Mayor Denis Coderre had a heated exchange in city council when Searle said Coderre "had problems with his brain."

Coderre was asking Searle to apologize for remarks he made weeks before in which he compared sovereigntists to the emerald ash borer.

Searle said he wanted to discuss the Decarie tunnel instead.

The following day, reporters and councillors said Searle appeared drunk following a noon meeting with city council president Frantz Benjamin.

Searle denied he'd been drinking and today speculated that perhaps that reporters were smelling alcohol on one of their colleagues.

He added that he will not resign from city council as his drinking does not affect his work.


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