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HBO: Risky Drinking
Are you a risky drinker? Nearly 70% of American adults drink alcohol and nearly 1/3 of them engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Produced by HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the National Institutes of Health, Risky Drinking is a no-holds-barred look at a national epidemic through the intimate stories of four people whose drinking dramatically affects their relationships.
Through immersive storytelling, expert commentary and animation, this 85-minute film offers a new perspective on alcohol use and misuse as it falls along a broad spectrum of risk and includes life-saving information about how to help people dial back or stop their drinking. The film aims to provoke a much needed conversation about how to identify risky drinking and to suggest alternatives to a one-size- fits-all approach that prevents many people from seeking help.
For more information about the film, additional resources, and information about how to view the film on other HBO platforms, please visit www.hbo.com/documentaries/risky-drinking
View the HBO Documentary Trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL4gaBfrRLk
Meet the Researchers
Dr. George F. Koob is an internationally-recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. He has authored more than 650 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is a co-author of The Neurobiology of Addiction, a comprehensive textbook reviewing the most critical neurobiology of addiction research conducted over the past 50 years. Read full bio
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