Former Inter Milan striker Adriano insists he's not an alcoholic.

The Flamengo ace admits he had problems in Italy, but insists he has his drinking under control.

"I'm not an alcoholic. It is true that I drink, but only two or three times a week," said Adriano.

"In Italy, I did have a serious problem, there I drank all the time. At that stage my weight was out of control at Inter, I was bigger with decreased self-esteem. It was a stage where everything came together after the death of my father and I went into a deep depression."