It's the same here in Oz. Our footballers aren't having a good time unless they are totally trashed. Mad Monday, first Monday at the end of season is considered poor if there isn't footage of a drunk player in a tutu urinating against a pub wall at 11am.
This has led to a number of girlfriends being physically assaulted and early this year a player dying tragically because he jumped off a hotel, in Las Vegas, and missed the tree he was aiming for.
These players are treated as deadset Legands until it affected their game or they retired, then they become disposable and get chucked out with the trash and forgotten about.