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Health minister criticises alcoholism TV show

The Local · 10 Mar 2013, 11:22

Published: 10 Mar 2013 11:22 GMT+01:00

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“Alcohol addiction is a health problem and people who have this share a difficult fate,” Bahr told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

“The same goes for relatives and others close to the sick person. Showing the fate of an alcoholic in this way is completely unacceptable in my opinion,” he said.

The show’s first episode is scheduled to air on Monday. For the new series the host, Jenke von Wilmsdorff, drank enough alcohol to raise the alcohol level in his blood to at least 1.0 or double the legal 0.5 pro mille limit in Germany.

The goal is to test “how my health is affected from excessive alcohol consumption,” the reporter said.

RTL, a private station, defended the series, saying it is important to “touch the boundaries” of a topic that is “often played down or swept under the rug.”

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Your comments about this article

12:28 March 10, 2013 by Bigfoot76
"Showing the fate of an alcoholic in this way is completely unacceptable in my opinion" Really? It seems like a great way to influence people to control their drinking, seek help and possibly even turn people away from binge drinking all together.
13:44 March 10, 2013 by grazhdanin
I don't think there is a "legal 0.5 pro mille limit" in Germany, except when you drive
14:39 March 10, 2013 by realist1961
Interesting approach on how to report on this issue. One would think there are enough drunks around to report on them vs. becoming one of them. I hope his next assignment is not bestiality.
22:08 March 10, 2013 by Vargaz
Its interesting how drugs like alcohol and nicotine (in cigarettes) are socially acceptable yet far more deadly than all of the other illegal drugs put together.Tobacco kills millions every year from a litany of diseases. Alcohol kills countless others and ruins countless lives in auto accidents alone. Not so with cocaine, a loss of sleep is their biggest problem. Most heroin addicts don't have cars. Crack addicts sold their cars months ago. Meth addicts are already driving imaginary spaceships. If ALL these drugs, starting with Alcohol, were regulated (as in prescription only) and controlled there would be many less problems.The money made from sales could fund rehab centers and we'd all be a lot safer.
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