New BBC Doc Looks At The Darkest Moments Of Alcoholics [Video+]

Submitted by: lalapancakes 1 year ago in Lifestyle
Louis-Theroux-CULTURE

Compassionate British documentarian, Louis Theroux, took the gritty topic of hardcore alcoholism and put it under an involved and concise microscope.

In his BBC documentary "Drinking to Oblivion," Theroux spent time at King’s College Hospital in south London where he interviewed life and death alcoholics in the ER and in the Liver Unit as they are faced with distended stomachs, enlarged pancreas and spleens, failing livers, and failing relationships.

He documents his discussion with men and women that work in the ER, and with inpatients who are both scared and/or unemotional in the face of terrible suffering via vicious alcoholism. The documentary employs the profundity of watching people who are both scared but also nonplussed to their own personal demise while demanding another vodka, beer, or wine. Theroux’s film offers an insight and alternative understanding to the shame, sadness, and dare I say, a greater respect of the disease of addiction.

Watch the doc below...

 
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Male 1,397
....anything with Louis Theroux in, is automatically a must-see!
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Male 3,539
its a stereotype that canadians drink a lot of beer. and its true, us canadians are proud of and enjoy all our alcohol. but sometimes we enjoy it too much. you know of the canadian coffee and doughnut shop tim hortons? its pretty huge here in canada. the guy who created tim hortons, tim horton, was a canadian nhl player. he died in car crash drunk driving. growing up, my father used to eat strawberry ice cream like crazy, i mean the man would have three or four cones of strawberry ice cream a day. i didnt know this at the time, it was a coping technique. i was too young to remember, but my dad was in the hospital for a while with alcohol poisoning. he almost didnt make it. again, i was too young to remember, but apparently my fathers alcoholism but a great deal of strain on my family. but my mom choose to stuck by him, and my father pulled through. my father would still drink when ever he was at the cottage, and as years went by he began to drink more casually, but fortunately it never became a problem again. i drink occasionally, i get stoned more often than i get drunk, but i still drink alcohol, but i will never forget that alcoholism almost killed my dad.
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Male 1,253
That was incredibly brave and kind of you to share, @robthelurker. Thank you for being so open on the subject. I hope you've been able to process the grief of the situation and that your father still gets to have his occasional ice cream. Bless your heart.
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Male 3,539
thank you, @LaLaPancakes. i doubt i would be so open on this site with out you around.
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Male 395
This is terribly important.
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