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Drinkers Like Me - Adrian Chiles

Adrian Chiles takes a look at his love of boozing, exploring why he and others don't think they are addicted to alcohol but find it almost impossible to enjoy life without it.

In this revealingly intimate documentary for BBC2, Adrian Chiles takes a long, hard look at his own love of boozing. He wants to find out why he and many others don't think they are addicted to alcohol despite finding it almost impossible to enjoy life without it. Adrian, who drinks almost every day, decides to start a drinking diary and soon finds out his intake is way over the recommended limit. He decides to visit his parents to find out what it was that motivated him to start drinking as a teenager and reveals that sneaking into pubs underage was all about friendship and being part of something, and that the allure of the social side of drinking has never really left him since his teens.

So after drinking far too much for far too long, Adrian decides to get his liver checked out. The results come as a shock and after seeing an addiction therapist Adrian begins to realise that like many other people he needs to do something about his excessive boozing. His big question is whether he needs to quit completely or if he can drink more responsibly. His first port of call is old mate Frank Skinner. Frank was a Pernod in the morning bedwetting kind of drinker but quit 30 years ago. His advice to Adrian is unexpected.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 17 Feb 2021 00:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Richard Hawley

    I Sleep Alone

  • 00:07

    Allen Toussaint

    Blue Drag

  • 00:09

    Alabama Shakes

    Sound & Color

  • 00:16

    Bon Iver

    Skinny Love

  • 00:23

    Lily Allen

    As Long As I Got You

  • 00:31

    Richard Hawley

    Last Orders

  • 00:43

    Massive Attack

    Small Time Shot Away

  • 00:45

    Michael Kiwanuka


  • 00:58

    Willie Nelson

    Blue Skies (Album Version)

  • 00:59

    Mose Allison

    Your Mind Is On Vacation


Role Contributor
Presenter Adrian Chiles
Composer Ian Livingstone
Director of photography Jonathan Young
Camera Operator Joss Cubitt
Camera Operator George Vernon
Sound Jon Gilbert
Sound Grant Studart
Sound Paul Taylor
Re-recording mixer Matt Faulkner
On-line editing Fred Baillod
Camera Assistant Ash Connaughton
Camera Assistant Alban Thomson
Assistant Producer Keaton Stone
Producer Jess Austin
Production Manager Malaine Adams
Executive Producer Joanna Ball
Producer Laurence Turnbull
Director Laurence Turnbull
Production Company Ricochet
Film Editor Amanda Baxter


  • Mon 27 Aug 2018 21:00
  • Mon 3 Sep 2018 23:15
  • Sat 15 Sep 2018 03:20
  • Sun 13 Jan 2019 22:00
  • Fri 17 May 2019 23:05
  • Tue 7 Jan 2020 00:15
  • Sat 11 Jan 2020 00:05
  • Wed 17 Feb 2021 00:30

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