ASK­ING HARD QUES­TIONS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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