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.