The musician seeks help with his "continued battle with alcohol," says his rep

By Monique Jessen
Updated July 16, 2008 01:35 PM
Credit: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters/Landov

Rolling Stone Ron Wood has returned to a rehab center in his long-standing battle with alcoholism.

A rep for the musician said in a statement: “Following Ronnie’s continued battle with alcohol, he has entered a period of rehab. His close family and friends say he is seeking help and look forward to his recovery.”

The guitarist, 61, left Ireland on Tuesday where he had reportedly been holed up on a drinking binge with 19-year-old Russian waitress, Ekaterina Ivanova, and is believed to have headed straight to a rehab clinic.

Immediately prior to the rock star’s entering rehab, a friend of the Wood family told PEOPLE: “He’s drinking two bottles of vodka a day and is obviously on some kind of bender, hanging out with this girl.”

Asked whether there was an affair with Ivanova, the source said that it was Wood’s sobriety that his friends and family are dealing with in the short term.

“He’s had a reputation as a hell-raiser and a drunk, but never a philanderer,” the friend added.

Wood last checked himself into a rehab facility last month, just days before his daughter Leah Wood’s wedding.