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Dickson: 'Playing golf saved my life'

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Ian "Dicko" Dickson has revealed that golf helped save his life.

The television star, who is best known for being a judge on Australian Idol, said that he has lost 18kg since last September because his new-found love for the sport helped him stop drinking.

Dickson told The Daily Telegraph: "I needed to find something to fill up my days instead of drinking. I found the best way to waste away my day was playing golf and am dedicated now and play three times a week.

"I never say never but I won't be drinking for a very long time. I might take it up again when I am so old that it doesn't matter but for now I am focusing on being a good husband and a good father."

Dickson played golf at a ProAm event yesterday with Totally Wild star Natalie Hunter, comedian Andy Lee and netballer Liz Ellis.

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