The British No.3's socialising came at the expense of hard work in the gym and on court, his undoubted talent being stifled by a lack of motivation to move his career forward.
The pain was back yesterday during a wonderful 1-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 win over fellow miscreant Bernard Tomic of Australia. Yet it wasn't alcohol induced.
"It was agony. My nipples were being chafed; they were going a bright colour, so I called the trainer on. I'm going to get a lot of stick for that, but it's okay," said Evans.
It is one injury the powerbrokers at the LTA, who have removed his funding over the years so upset were they at his lack of dedication, will not mind at all. The talent they knew he possessed is finally shining through.
"It's the best win of my life, especially after the first set. It wasn't nerves; I was relaxed and tried to play like him. I wasn't very good at it though was I?" said the world No.179.
"I am playing well but I missed quite a lot too. I could have been more clinical but maybe I am being harsh on myself. That's probably the best I've fought back . . . I looked at the clock. I think it was 34 minutes and I was a set and a break down. It was looking like the airport for me."
The Englishman is small, stocky and powerful and he is in the shape of his life. His movement has been brilliant while his attacking game took Tomic by surprise.
It was a poor start, though, the Australian's style luring Evans in and messing with his mind, causing problems. He broke early before taking the first set in 22 minutes.
Yet from then on it was all about Evans. Tomic can be beautiful to watch, his laconic style allowing him more time than others on the ball. But Evans pushed hard, forcing Tomic all over the court, which began to really fluster the world No.52. The Englishman stormed 4-2 ahead after forcing Tomic into an error which allowed the crucial break.
The third set was tight, the match ebbing and flowing before Evans nosed ahead in the tie-break 4-2 and in a flash it was 6-3. A fierce forehand winner sealed the deal and a clearly defelated Tomic was on his knees.
The fourth set was comfortable for Evans as he earned a 4-1 lead and held firm to record the most impressive win of a career which is going from strength to strength.
Evans warmed up for the event by practising with Roger Federer, himself into round three after a straight sets win over Carlos Berlocq. The Swiss was suitably impressed with the boy from Birmingham. "I am a little bit surprised he beat Tomic, because we know what Bernard can do, " said Federer. "But great effort for him. To be in a third round of a slam is a huge opportunity."