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.

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Risky Drinking







Meet the Researchers

Story Spotlights

Dangerous Drinking

Alcohol Blackouts
How does an alcohol blackout differ from “passing out” after drinking?  What are the possible dangerous effects?

Evaluate Your Own Drinking
Self-help tools to assess and change risky drinking behavior.


Mom's Happy Hour

Alcohol and Women’s Health
Women who drink beyond moderate levels can face a variety of health risks.

What's "at-risk" or "heavy" drinking?
It makes a difference both how much you drink on any day and how often you have a "heavy drinking day."


The Problem with Binge Drinking

What Is a Standard Drink?
You may be drinking more than you realize

Moderate and Binge Drinking
Some drinking patterns could put you at risk


The End Game

Older Adults and Alcohol
As people age, they may become more sensitive to alcohol’s effects.

How can you reduce your risks?
Ready to make a change? Choose your approach.

Find Resources

Rethinking Drinking (NIAAA)

Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help

College Drinking – Changing the Culture

SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

Al-Anon Family Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Moderation Management

Secular Organizations for Sobriety

Smart Recovery

Women for Sobriety