Love Island Australia’s shock booze ban: Producers impose strict one drink a day rule

Love Island Australia’s shock booze ban: Producers impose strict one drink a day rule to prevent contestants from getting ‘hammered’

Producers of Channel Nine’s reality series Love Island Australia have imposed a strict alcohol rule on the fun-loving cast of the show.

Contestants on the famously raunchy dating competition, hosted by Sophie Monk, are now limited to one alcoholic drink a day.

Participants have long been known to ‘get hammered’ on the show –  drinking to excess while filming, leading to embarrassing situations on and off-camera.

The makers of Channel Nine's reality series Love Island Australia (pictured) have imposed a new drinking rule on the cast - which limits the contestants to one alcoholic drink a day reported the Herald Sun on Tuesday

The makers of Channel Nine’s reality series Love Island Australia (pictured) have imposed a new drinking rule on the cast – which limits the contestants to one alcoholic drink a day reported the Herald Sun on Tuesday

Love Island’s executive producer Alex Mavroidakis told the Herald Sun on Tuesday that heavy drinking wasn’t good for the show or the contestants as it slowed filming and it affected their looks and decisions.

He told the publication the Islanders would get one drink a day because ‘we are not one of those ‘get them hammered’ type of shows.

‘We want them to look amazing and we want them to make smart decisions, so you will never see a drunk person on Love Island.’

He explained boozing slowed production because contestants would sleep in with hangovers. 

The Love Isalnder's been known to 'get hammered' - that is, drink to excess, while filming, leading to embarrassing situations on and off-camera Pictured: Host Sophie Monk

The Love Isalnder’s been known to ‘get hammered’ – that is, drink to excess, while filming, leading to embarrassing situations on and off-camera Pictured: Host Sophie Monk

‘We shoot an episode a day and we cut an episode a day,’ Mavroisakis said.

‘It is a daily cycle for us and in order for that to happen they [the cast], can’t be hungover, they can’t make stupid decisions, they can’t have physical fights and they can’t scream and shout at each other.’

He said Love Island was ‘about love’ and romance and looking at ‘hot people’.

Austen Bugeja (left) and Layla John (right) two of the contestants on Love Island Australia 2022

Austen Bugeja (left) and Layla John (right) two of the contestants on Love Island Australia 2022

The current season screening on Channel Nine’s digital platform 9Now, was filmed in a picturesque villa in Mallorca, Spain.

Speaking on The Kyle and Jackie O Show last month, host Sophie Monk, 42, explained that because the show is exclusive to digital TV, raunchier content is now permitted.

‘It’s a lot looser because it’s not on prime time. It’s edgier with twists and turns and bombs coming in,’ she told the hosts.  

Alex Mavroidakis, Love Island's executive producer told the Herald Sun on Tuesday that heavy drinking wasn't good for the show, or the contestants and it slowed filming

Alex Mavroidakis, Love Island’s executive producer told the Herald Sun on Tuesday that heavy drinking wasn’t good for the show, or the contestants and it slowed filming 

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