A Drunken State

9:30pm – Tuesday, December 11 on TV 3

This week sees the encore screening of A Drunken State, a documentary taking an upclose and personal look at the harsh reality of New Zealand’s drinking culture. A Drunken State screens on Tuesday, December 11 th at 9:30pm on 3. Everybody knows that New Zealand has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in the world, but the statistics are meaningless unless we know someone affected by alcohol. A Drunken State puts faces to the figures, putting drinking behaviour into the context of real Kiwi lives.

“Being drunk made me feel ecstatic and comfy and the room was spinning which most people, normal people, don’t like, and I loved it,” journalist, retired talk-back host and parliamentarian Pam Corkery explains in the documentary.

But over the years Pam’s drinking got worse, to the point where she became an alcoholic. “Good, close friends wouldn’t let me go around for fear of how I’d behave in front of their children,” she says. As well as Pam’s story, A Drunken State also follows 25-year-old Lukas as he goes out for a night with his friends. “You gotta go out, have a good time, get horsed. If you don’t get horsed, well what’s the point?,” Lukas explains.

The documentary will also meet Kerri and her female mates who play drinking games before heading out for the night. “We all like to get a little bit tipsy before we go out…to make us feel a little bit better,” Kerri explains.

Make sure not to miss these stories when A Drunken State screens on Tuesday, December 11 th at 9:30pm on 3.

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