Damian Thompson Damian Thompson

Sober reality

My 15 years of heavy drinking wasn’t an exercise in wickedness, but I did wicked things

Have you noticed how nearly everyone in the media has won an award? Is there even such a thing as a documentary maker who isn’t ‘award-winning’? Most journalists my age have picked up some sort of bauble. I sulked about this for years until a colleague reminded me that I did have an award: Private Eye’s ‘drunkest person at the Spectator party 1991’.

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