Drinking To Oblivion sees Louis Theroux set about spending some time in the world of extreme drinkers, getting to know people who consume alcohol not just to excess but to the point of total oblivion. Basing the film out of King’s College Hospital in South London Louis finds himself in a haven for patients and families affected by life-threatening alcohol abuse, in an attempt to understand the mindset of people who are addicted to Britains favorite drug and the difficult choices faced by those who are closest to them.
Most people in today’s society think of addicts as those who are addicted to illegal substances such as heroin, cocaine, etc. but in Drinking to Oblivion we see first hand the effects of alcohol, which is in fact the most common substance people are addicted to in the United Kingdom.
This might seem strange because many of us drink, sometimes more than we probably should but in this film we get a true sense of what being addicted to alcohol really means. One of the main subjects of the film is Joe, who has turned 32-years-old, the scenes he features in have the power to reduce the viewer to tears, especially when he was shown walking out of hospital covered in blood, to buy vodka after being told his continued alcoholism would kill him. This is the face of true addiction, just one more drink no matter the cost.
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.
Directed by: Tom Barrow