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Countdown star Susie Dent addresses viewer concern that she sometimes seems ‘drunk’ during TV appearances

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Posted: 19/07/21 - 10:33
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Countdown star Susie Dent has addressed viewers’ concerns that she sometimes appears to be “drunk” on the show.

The lexicographer, who has appeared on the Channel 4 gameshow as its dictionary corner expert since 1992, says that caffeine causes her to slur her words.

“The thing that visibly affects me most is caffeine,” she told The Mirror, adding: “My body goes into toxic shock.”

Dent said that caffeine intake causes her to “get incredibly cold and start shivering”, adding that the “freezing cold” studio where the show is filmed makes matters worse.

“My lips go absolutely black with cold and I start ­slurring my words,” she said, quipping: “I seem much more drunk than I would have done had I had a couple of gin slings.

I Call Bull: I have a lot of time for Dent but calling BULL here, she often appears to be a little 'jolly' on 8 out of 10 cats does countdown and if she knows that caffeine effects her like this then surely she would avoid it before or during a TV appearance?

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Maybe stop having it just before you film then? It really doesn't seem that hard to me.
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Its a long running joke on the show.
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That's like saying every time I eat peanuts I get anaphylactic shock whilst tucking into a bag several times a week!