DRINKING THAT WILL GET YOU THINKING
MAKING Drinking to Oblivion was a sobering experience for Louis Theroux, who admits his nightly ritual with wife Nancy is to down two gin and tonics and three glasses of wine. But filming showed him the ravages of extreme drinking.
Theroux meets Aurelie, a 44-year-old with cirrhosis of the liver; Pieter, 37, who uses vodka to stem the grief over his father’s death; and Joe, 32, who leaves hospital to buy alcohol, after hearing one more binge could kill him.
“There is no pleasure in (this level of drinking),” Theroux tells TV Guide.
“It is self-medication more than anything else … self-annihilating levels of drinking where you shut off friends and family because you are drinking to the exclusion of almost everything else.”
The BBC has announced Theroux will return to the US to film three new documentaries on “uniquely devastating challenges”. “I go to places that are taking people to profound moments of despair or conflict, disability or crime, or extreme intolerance,” he says. “But what I find is there are people reaching out to me to try to convey something to connect.”
LOUIS THEROUX: DRINKING TO OBLIVION
MONDAY, 8.30PM, ABC2 By Colin Vickery