The Royal Hangover is a thought provoking documentary written and directed by Arthur Cauty and co-produced by Silver Levy-So, which explores alcoholism in Britain. The film looks at the key complex social issue of alcohol abuse and dependence and examines the reasons behind our increasing thirst for the booze.
Non-drinkers, Cauty and Levy-So, interview politicians and the police to medical specialists and controversial figures such as Professor David Nutt, the government's chief drug adviser, who was sacked after claiming that ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol. High profile celebrities such as Russell Brand, a recovering alcoholic, features in the film and discusses the extent of Britain’s drinking culture and why he turned to alcohol.
“I drank because it gave confidence as I was nervous teenager. I never liked the taste of booze. It becomes a serious problem if you are drinking excessively as it will create problems for you in the short and long term. When I was growing I didn’t feel I fitted in. I was unhappy and felt alone and if anyone could offer anything to make me feel less alone, I would take it, I would do it,” says Brand.
Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages. The film argues that Britain is only now waking up and taking stock of its decades-long over-indulgence and why it's high time for an intervention.