A Drinking Problem
Former party girl Kerre Woodham gave up drinking five years ago. Now she wants to know why New Zealand women are drinking more than ever before and modelling their drinking patterns on the binge drinking behaviour of Kiwi men.
Throughout this documentary “A Drinking Problem” Kerre talks to four women who share their drinking history and finds that those women at greatest risk of alcohol dependency are teenagers and white middle-class, middle-aged women.
Musician and NZ Idol host Fiona McDonald shares her story of giving up drinking at the young age of 23, after realising that her dependency on alcohol was taking control of her life and preventing her from addressing other issues.
Kerre also talks to Mechele Harron, who at 18 moved into an old coalminer’s house in Ngaruawahia with some girl friends and spent two years of her life in one long, alcohol fuelled party. The pressure to drink in small town New Zealand is too much for many young girls like Mechele, and when they start drinking, they drink like the boys.
Penny Treadwell realised she was an alcoholic at 42, but as a white middle-class woman, she was a secret drinker and few people close to her realised the damage she was doing to herself.
And Pakuranga mother Biddy Wilson was never an alcoholic, but she spent 10 years of her life drinking to keep up with the Mongrel Mob and raised two children while in the grips of an alcohol dependent lifestyle.
Kerre will also take viewers through a 10-point test compiled by the Alcohol Advisory Council, which will help women gauge how their drinking habits are effecting their lives.
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Producer: Wendyl Nissen
Exec producer: Irene Gardiner
Network execs: Jude Callen, Annie Murray
Director: Wendyl Nissen
DV Director: Kate Cresswell
Researchers: Wendyl Nissen, Susie Lyons
Audio Post: Terry Murphy
Online Editor: Daniel Habedank
Camera: Paul Richards, Julia Boshier
DV Camera: Lisa Burd
Sound: Ant Nevison, Craig O’Reilly, Phil Donovan, David Madigan
Presenter: Kerre Woodham
Titles & Graphics: Richard Johnson
Production accountant: Liz Goddard
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TV2 and New Zealand on Air