Trauma pushed Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson to the bottle

You’d remember Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson from his television and radio days, and recently the former Australian Idol judge was one
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You’d remember Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson from his television and radio days, and recently the former Australian Idol judge was one of six celebrities to spend 28 days visiting indigenous communities in northern Australia for the SBS program First Contact.

Dicko is the first to acknowledge his days battling the booze, and leading into the program he said he had been sober for months, but it only took 24 hours for that to change.

After spending a night in the Western Australian town of Kununurra — where the Aboriginal community is battling against alcohol, family violence and suicide — Dicko says it all became too much.

“It took me one day of filming to get back on the piss,” Dickson admits. “I found it too hard to deal with, without the help of a bottle of red [wine].”

He says he spent a night in the town’s shelter where locals are sent to sober up and travelled with the night patrol bus picking up inebriated locals.

“Once I exposed myself to the lives of these people I was incapable of dealing with it without drinking,” Dicko says.

Prior to the show and his exposure to those communities, Dicko says his position on giving up alcohol was more hardline.

“Everyone is capable of getting off their arse and taking responsibility for their own life and the people around them,” he says, but now admits his position was misguided.

“I think ‘what a pompous wanker you are saying that if you can do it [give up alcohol] anyone can’. I had one day with these people and had to reach for the bottle.”

Do you know anyone who struggled with a drinking problem? Will you be watching this series of First Contact on SBS?

  1. Wensley  

    Yes, my Aunt, & her daughter.

    No!
    Not the least bit interested!
    Waste of money.

  2. Jeannette  

    Hi didn’t have to pick up a drink – he chose to and wanted too.!! no one put a gun to his head ! I’m a recovering alcoholic member of AA put down my last drink 30 years ago on the 1st of December this year and have not picked up a drink since, it is a day at a time programme – but It’s still up to me, if I choose to pick up that drink and so far I haven’t because I simply don’t want to drink no matter what. If he was only a few months sober he should not have put himself in such a difficult situation – we are supposed to keep ourselves right away from alcohol especially in early sobriety. it’s like jumping into a lion’s den and expecting not to get eaten!!

  3. Pamela  

    “Once I exposed myself to the lives of these people I was incapable of dealing with it without drinking,” Dicko says.

    So he shouldn’t have exposed himself and got away before he took the first drink.

    This is just a – wasn’t-my-fault blame game!

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