Risky Drinking (TV)
- Original title
Risky Drinking (TV)
- United States
Ellen Goosenberg Kent
HBO, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
Documentary | Alcoholism
- Synopsis / Plot
- Risky Drinking takes a case-study look at the hazards of alcohol use and details the ways the medical community views and treats “risky drinkers." Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Health professionals assess drinkers at risk on a spectrum ranging from low-risk to an alcohol use disorder that can range from mild to severe. Risky Drinking challenges viewers to recognize when their drinking may be putting them at risk and offers information that could help millions of Americans lead healthier lives.
Through case studies and expert analysis, the film investigates the broad spectrum of risky drinking at different ages and stages in people’s lives, including Kenzie, a young professional whose weekend binge drinking exacerbates her fragile emotional state; Noel, a single mom whose drinking has gone beyond the social level; Mike, an ex-pat whose heavy drinking finds him on the cusp of losing his son and wife; and Neal, a young grandfather whose physical dependence may cost him his life.
In addition, addiction experts explain the science behind alcohol use disorder, as well as providing stunning statistics about its prevalence and hazards. These experts discuss the specific risks and treatment options for drinkers along the spectrum, from behavioral and pharmacotherapeutic, to support groups for moderation and abstinence.
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