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TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologized Sunday for being “hammered” in public and acknowledged the need to curb his drinking, but the mayor of Canada’s largest city didn’t address allegations of drug use and said he will remain in his job despite mounting pressure to resign.

“I’m going to weather this storm,” Ford said.

Ford made his remarks on his local weekly radio show at a time when he is facing growing pressure to resign after police said they had obtained a copy of a video that appears to show him puffing on a crack cocaine pipe. Ford didn’t address the contents of the tape, saying he cannot comment on a tape he hasn’t seen.

“I just got to maybe slow down on my drinking,” Ford said.

Ford acknowledged making “mistakes” and that he can’t change the past, but vowed “to ride the storm out.”

Ford declined to take a leave of absence or resign.

“I sincerely apologize, there’s absolutely no excuse, no one to blame but myself,” Ford said. “I am going to fight like no one has seen before to win the next election.”

Ford also said he got “a little out of control” after St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. A city spokeswoman released a report from city hall security guards who said they witnessed a “very intoxicated” Ford having trouble walking and swearing at aides that day.

Ford met Saturday with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who had said he wanted to express the concerns of city council members after news of the video emerged. Police on Thursday announced that the video had been recovered from a computer hard drive during an investigation of an associate of the mayor suspected of providing him with drugs.

Allegations that Ford had been caught on video smoking crack cocaine surfaced in May. Two reporters with the Toronto Star and one from the U.S. website Gawker said they saw the video but did not obtain a copy. Police Chief Bill Blair told a news conference Thursday that he was “disappointed” in Ford but said the video did not provide grounds to press charges against him.

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