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Vicky Pattison Praised For 'Powerful' Documentary On Alcoholism

Ali Condon

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Vicky Pattison Praised For 'Powerful' Documentary On Alcoholism

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Vicki Pattison has received heaps of praise for her seriously emotional new Channel 4 documentary about her relationship with alcohol.

Vicky Pattison: Alcohol, Dad and Me had viewers in tears when it aired on Tuesday night, 2 August, as the TV star reflected on the link between growing up with an alcoholic parent, and her own alcohol abuse.

The former Geordie Shore star was brought to tears, herself, towards the end, when she gave her dad an ultimatum – to quit drinking once and for all or be out of her life for good.

Viewers were brought to tears. Credit: Channel 4
Viewers were brought to tears. Credit: Channel 4

In the documentary, Vicky, 34, sat down to look back on some old scenes from her Geordie Shore days, when she had been excessively drinking and partying on a regular basis, admitting that it was an uncomfortable watch.

Later, she brought her dad along to a joint counselling session with a psychologist to reflect on their relationship with alcohol and each other.

Through tears, Vicky explained that she wanted to have children one day, but was worried that if her dad didn't quit drinking, he would never meet them.

"I think I really want to be a mum," she told him.

"I really want to have kids. I want the kids to meet you but I'm so worried, Dad, that if you don't stop drinking and you don't get a proper handle on it, that you won't meet them.

"Seeing how easy it was for you to slip back into loads of old habits at Christmas just made me really worried."

Vicky issued her dad an ultimatum over his drinking. Credit: Channel 4
Vicky issued her dad an ultimatum over his drinking. Credit: Channel 4

Laying down the law for her dad once and for all, Vicky told him: "Going forward, I want you in my life so much, and I want to have a good relationship with you, but if that’s going to be possible, I need you to commit to really stopping drinking, otherwise I can’t have you in my life."

Although her dad said he couldn't give her 'the promise that she's looking for', he said that he was 'willing to try anything' for her.

While Vicky admitted she was disappointed that her dad couldn't commit to getting better, she said that she would be with him 'every step of the way' if he tries for her.

Vicky told her dad that she hopes he can meet her children one day. Credit: ITV
Vicky told her dad that she hopes he can meet her children one day. Credit: ITV

Viewers at home were moved by Vicky's brutally honest documentary, and took to Twitter to praise the TV star for the 'powerful' piece.

"What a brave thing @VickyPattison is doing," wrote one viewer. "This would be tough enough doing privately but letting us all into her world takes courage."

A second added: "It was a powerful piece of television. Something you should be very proud of."

And a third admitted: "I'm already in tears after the first few minutes. I'm so proud my dad beat his addiction with alcohol and got the help he needed to stay away from it."


Vicky Pattison: Alcohol, Dad and Me is available to watch now on All4.

Topics: TV And Film, Documentaries, Channel 4

Ali Condon
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