ASKING HARD QUESTIONS
IMAGINE, if you will, a world where this was the kind of reality TV two million Australians tuned in to watch, not one where people savaged each other on camera, while showing off their inflated lips and egos. This is reality TV that doesn’t kill your brain cells or make you feel dumber after it ends; rather, you may actually learn something. Tonight, in YouCan’tAskThat it’s all the questions people have wanted to ask alcoholics, which are posed to them anonymously. Like “What sorrows were you trying to drown?” (everything from losing a footy game to issues stemming from a violent childhood); to “Did you drink metho?” (some did, some came close, some said they never got that desperate); and “Did you drink and drive?” (and you’ll be horrified to know most of them did, usually to get more alcohol, and they could justify it to themselves, even if they had their kids in the car). There’s some well-known faces being honest here – former St Kilda football club president Rod Butterss, who admits he was a “highclass drunk”; and former NRL player Sione Faumuina (pictured), who says his excessive drinking saw him kicked out of several clubs and pretty much ended his career. Journalist Talitha Cummins talks about being a shy teen who turned to binge drinking. She became a functioning alcoholic, who was shocked when she could no longer fool her workmates about how she was self-medicating each night.