Mayor Rob Ford promises to quit drinking (again)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to media January 22, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to media January 22, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford admits he had an "unfortunate" slip this week by drinking after pledging to give up the booze.

But the civic leader said Wednesday he feels no need to apologize for his "personal, private setback."

While the news about him falling off the wagon generated international headlines, his decision to climb back on is unlikely to cause the same stir.

But the mayor insisted he has sworn off alcohol -- yet again.

"I am definitely," he said in an exclusive interview Wednesday night.

"I had an unfortunate setback, a bump, Monday," Ford acknowledged from his second-floor, City Hall office in between returning constituent phone calls.

"I have no excuse, but I am not apologizing for it."

Nor did he offer an explanation why he drank for the first time since last Nov. 1.

Or exactly with who?

"I just don't want to get into it," he said. "I am not perfect. Something happened when I was out with friends. What can I do?"

He didn't get into a discussion about appearing in a video with, a source confirmed, his old pal Alexander "Sandro" Lisi, who is before the courts on drug and extortion charges.

But in the past, Ford has said Lisi is not the person as he has been publicly portrayed.


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