HBO Documentary RISKY DRINKING Offers New Perspective on Alcohol Use Disorder, Holiday Season Drinking Debuts Dec. 1912:45 PM
Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives.
Through case studies and expert analysis, this timely documentary investigates the broad spectrum of risky drinking at different ages and stages in people’s lives: including a young professional whose weekend binge drinking only exacerbates her already fragile emotional state; a single mom whose drinking has gone beyond the social level; an ex-pat whose heavy drinking finds him on the cusp of losing his son and wife; and a young grandfather whose physical dependence may cost him his life, this cautionary documentary debuts on December 19 on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: TBD
HBO2 playdates: TBD
The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
From Oscar® and Emmy®-winning filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent (HBO’s “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” and “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq”) and journalist/producer Perri Peltz (HBO’s “The Education of Dee Dee Ricks” and “Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.”), RISKY DRINKING takes a case-study look at the risks of alcohol use and the ways in which the medical community is viewing and treating “risky drinkers” today.
Among the medical professionals interviewed in the film are: George Koob, Director, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Carrie Wilkens, Clinical Director, Center for Motivation & Change; Stephen Ross, Director, Addiction Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center.
- Kenzie, a young Denver professional, sometimes binge drinks with her friends on weekends as a social lubricant and to “turn off her brain” after a stressful work week. During one holiday weekend, on the heels of a difficult breakup, she consumes well over ten drinks a night, leading to an emotional breakdown. Binge drinking, or having four to five, or more, drinks in a single episode, accounts for more than half the alcohol consumed by adults in the U.S., with most of those at risk between the ages of 18 and 34.
- Mike tries to build a new life and career in St. Thomas, but his visiting teenage son notes his daily schedule often involves drinking. With his current marriage hanging by a thread after a series of dangerous “drinking incidents,” Mike decides to enter rehab. But a trip to see his wife beforehand finds him drunk once more, leading his wife to walk out. Unwilling to give up drinking completely, Mike participates in a 90-day program to help moderate his alcohol use, but after a relapse, he questions if he’s ready.
- Rhonda uses alcohol as a “coping mechanism” for the stress of raising a family, and participates in a weekly happy hour with friends to let off steam. But she has become increasingly concerned about her friend Noel, a divorced mother of two who uses wine as an “escape” from her negative feelings surrounding her ex. As Noel starts to lose the ability to control her drinking, Rhonda encourages her friend to try a treatment called moderation management before it’s too late.
- Neal, a father of two grown children, is currently on his second marriage, and risks losing everything from years of alcoholism. He struggles to physically function without alcohol, suffering withdrawal tremors. When his wife Kathy finds him drinking in the parking lot of his part-time grocery-store job, she convinces him to go to the hospital for detox. A month later, a sober Neal feels he’s getting a second chance to stay sober for his grandson – but his sobriety doesn’t last. Having been in and out of rehab and detox 12 times in four years, Neal prepares to try one more time by entering a 35-day residential program.