Spence Checketts is one of the 15 million Americans who struggle with an alcohol use disorder. As one of the hosts of “The Big Show” on 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City, and as the voice of the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake pre, half, and post-game shows, it seemed like he had it all. But then one day, he made a bad decision that cost him almost everything.
Spence recently took some time to chat with us regarding his struggles with alcohol addiction and what took place on that day that changed everything. In this honest and candid conversation, we discuss his journey from growing up in the NBA to his successful career in sports radio and how he’s bouncing back from going from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. And what kind of show would we be if we didn’t talk about the Utah Jazz? The answer: not a very good one. (Spoiler… We talk Utah Jazz basketball.)
If you want more of Spence, give him a follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Also, be sure to check out his new podcast, Reality Check with Spence Checketts, wherever podcasts are found. You’ll be glad that you did.
Alcoholism affects people from all walks of life. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 80,000 people die from alcohol-related deaths each year in the United States and is one of the nation’s most preventable causes of death. Additionally, more than 15 million Americans struggle with an alcohol use disorder, but less than eight percent of those receive treatment. And yet despite its negative impact on society in general, more Americans than ever are consuming alcohol on a regular basis. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, please get help before it’s too late.
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