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Realistic depiction of alcoholism, up to a point.....


...but people don't go through hardcore withdrawal after one night of drinking. Both times Jack Lemmon relapses, after long stretches of sobriety, he goes through INSANE DT's. NOPE. Ain't happening. Other than that, it's a good movie but the withdrawal crap was overdone.

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Yes that kinda ruined it for me. I'm a nurse and I've seen the DT's. It happens after a very long period of chronic alcoholism and then sudden withdrawal. It takes 72 hours to detox. We would give IV Librium or Ativan to calm them. As soon as the shakes were over they would pull out the IV and leave to go drink again

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Dare I say that movies about special subject areas are almost never true depictions. I was a teacher and I can tell you films about high school are full of errors. and not just differences one would encounter from state to state or school to school. Lawyers say the same thing about movies with trials. Cops, hospital workers, soldiers and on and on probably all point out the things that would never ever happen in movies about their line of work. What to do? dunno. enjoy the drama. It's usually harmless, but when one realizes how so many Americans get their ideas on the world from film, maybe directors should make more accurate films.

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