DRINK­ING THAT WILL GET YOU THINK­ING

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

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

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