Drinking: when did it bring you together, or tear you apart?

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Aug. 3/13

As a country, we have a serious relationship with the bottle: $19.9 billion worth of alcohol was sold in Canada last fiscal year, with the average Canadian spending $905 on booze annually.

So whether you're a teetotaller or a total lush, we want to know... how did alcohol bring you together, or tear you apart?

 (Originally aired Dec. 8th, 2012)


  • Why getting drunk and getting inked are always a bad combination, with Mariko Tamaki.
  • Randy Bachman on being a teetotaler in the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
  • How seven-year-old Ivy Chelsea convinced her entire reserve to quit drinking.
  • "I'll have a DNTO on ice please". Sook-Yin Lee visits a master mixologist in search of the perfect cocktail.

From marathon runner to marathon drinker. DNTO producer Jenna Cameron looks at the relationship between alcohol and exercise with the Winnipeg Hash House Harriers, better known as the "drinking team with a running problem".

Beneath this pretty flower tattoo lies a drunken mistake. This week on DNTO Mariko Tamaki learns an important lesson about trying too hard to be "cool," and drinking beer for breakfast.


 The Sundance and TIFF hit Smashed was inspired by screenwriter Susan Burke's personal struggle with alcoholism. She joins Sook-Yin Lee to talk about the film and why, when it comes to young alcoholics, Hollywood gets it wrong.


A quest for better drinks and a better view, brought Paul Coleman face to face with his idol, Bryan Adams.

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Heather Setka shares the "rock bottom" moment which pushed her to quit drinking.  

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What's it like to be a non drinker in the rock world? Randy Bachman reflects on the drinking and partying that tore his band apart, and why he's a teetotaler. 


Master mixologist Frankie Solarik creates the "DNTO" cocktail for Sook-Yin.  

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How alcohol can be a social lubricant, bridging even the greatest of cultural divides. Sook-Yin reflects on her journey to Mongolia.

Is seven too young to be a temperance activist? Not if you were little Ivy Chelsea. Find out how she got the entire Alkali Lake reserve to give up the drink.

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Could you give up alcohol for one year? Ben Mitchell decided to conduct a little "social experiment" by giving up the bottle for 365 days this past year. He shares some of the surprising challenges on DNTO.

And here's your music playlist:
The Trews - Power of Positive Drinking
Blackie Jackett Jr. - Stuck in Rewind
Memphis - Incredibly Drunk on Whiskey
Bryan Adams - Cuts Like a Knife
Randy Bachman - When Friends Fall Out
Miles Davis - So What
Boom Booms - Hot Rum
Tomi Swick - December Sky

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