‘Dr. Phil’ show encouraged ‘Survivor: China’ winner Todd Herzog to drink Smirnoff vodka?

Dr. Phil McGraw (Facebook/Dr. Phil)

Dr. Phil McGraw (Facebook/Dr. Phil)

Todd Herzog, 32, won the CBS competitive reality show “Survivor: China” in 2007. Years later, his fans were shocked to learn about his alcoholism problem, which brought him to “Dr. Phil” in 2013.

The “Survivor: China” winner was so physically week that he had to be not only carried onto the set but also lifted into a chair when he appeared on the syndicated talk show. The host, Phillip Calvin McGraw, 67, noted that he had never talked to a guest on the show who was closer to death than Herzog.

But recently, Herzog claimed that he was not intoxicated when he arrived at the “Dr. Phil” studio in Los Angeles, California. He told STAT and the Boston Globe that he found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka in his dressing room at the time and drank all of it.

As Herzog claimed, he was handed a Xanax pill to help him calm his nerves. Commonly used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, this minor tranquilizer is a potent, short-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytic.

The publication requested for an interview request through a “Dr. Phil” show representative but McGraw declined. Instead, the show’s director of professional affairs, Martin Greenberg, released a statement saying Herzog was neither left alone with a bottle of vodka in his dressing room nor given a Xanax pill.

In other vodka-related news, a four-year-old girl was intoxicated at a pre-Christmas dinner after a Frankie & Benny’s waitress mistakenly gave her F&B On The Beach, which contained Eristoff vodka, Archers Peach Schnapps and orange and cranberry juice instead of an alcohol-free mocktail. The girl’s father, Mark Thomas, 35, explained in his blog The Honest Father that he would be unhappy if the waitress was disciplined as he sees it as a training issue.

Vodka is commonly used in cocktails and mixed drinks. Among the most popular vodka brands are Smirnoff, Absolut, Khortytsa, Zubrowka, Krupnik, Svedka, Pyat Ozer, Grey Goose, Skyy and Belenkaya.

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