Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion

Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion is a documentary from the renowned film-maker, who examined the lives of people in the grips of alcohol addiction and the staff trying to treat them.

Filmed at King’s over six months in 2015-16, the programme looks at the reasons why people become addicted, and why it’s often impossible for them to stop, even when it is killing them. Louis meets several King’s patients who are drinking almost to the point of self-destruction, and sees the impact this has on their families and friends.

The programme features doctors and nurses from the world-renowned liver team at King’s, as well as staff from the Emergency Department and medical wards, who provide frontline emergency care to a large number of patients who come to hospital with alcohol-related injuries or illnesses.

Originally broadcast in April 2016, clips of the programme are available on the BBC website. You can also read our interview with Louis Theroux, and find out more about the King’s staff who feature in the programme.

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