NEWS — 23 May 2014

alcohol

By Shelley Marsden

A new TV show is to launch in Ireland which invites young people to “get drunk” on camera so that its makers can try and “explore, explain and illustrate” the effects of alcohol.

Drunk Television, which its creators has called a “science-based” television series, said in a statement: “In a country where getting drunk is considered by some as a national pastime the series will put our commonly held perceptions and beliefs about alcohol under the microscope.

“In a controlled environment volunteers will be invited to drink, and possibly get drunk, in front of the cameras. While under the influence of alcohol, these volunteers will take on a range of specially designed tasks and challenges which will help the programme explore, explain and illustrate the effect of drinking on the body and mind.

“Drunk will focus on facts and evidence, providing answers to a very wide range of questions, some seemingly silly and some deadly serious; how exactly does alcohol effect us – in the short and long term?

“What does it do to our motor skills? Why do we get hangovers? Do beer goggles really exist? Is it a bad idea to mix your drinks? How does alcohol affect your emotions, your judgement or your sex life? This series may not stop you from sending embarrassing drunken texts but it will help you understand why you did it.”

The show will go out later this year on RTÉ Two later, presented by Eoghan McDermott.

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