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Drinking to Oblivion

Documentary. Louis spends time at the specialist liver centre at King's College Hospital, London. He meets patients in the grips of alcohol addiction struggling to find a way out.

Louis Theroux spends time at King's College Hospital in London - a specialist liver centre - where he immerses himself in the lives of patients in the grips of alcohol addiction and the medical staff trying to make them better.

Most people associate addictions with illegal substances, but it's alcohol which is the most common addiction in the UK.

Many of us drink - sometimes more than we ought to - but the patients Louis meets at King's are drinking far more than normal, sometimes to the point of self-destruction. Louis explores the effects this is having on the patients' lives and the consequences for their loved ones when drinking loses the social aspect and becomes a potentially fatal compulsion.

It's hard to know why people become addicted to alcohol and why it is impossible for some to stop drinking, even when it is killing them. To outsiders it may seem like an easy decision, but it is nowhere near that simple. Louis spends time with patients and their families as they struggle to find a way out of their addiction to alcohol before it's too late.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 14 May 2016 02:05

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Role Contributor
Presenter Louis Theroux
Executive Producer Aysha Rafaele
Director Tom Barrow
Producer Tom Barrow


  • Sun 24 Apr 2016 21:00
  • Thu 28 Apr 2016 00:05
  • Thu 28 Apr 2016 00:35
  • Sat 14 May 2016 02:05

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