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NIAAA/HBO Documentary Risky Drinking spotlights Alcohol Use Disorder


NIAAA is proud to have collaborated with HBO on Risky Drinking, a documentary that premiered December 19 [website:]. HBO Risky Drinking
Risky Drinking spotlights an important public health topic, Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), through the stories of four people whose drinking has profoundly impacted their lives.
About 70 percent of American adults drink alcohol and, of those, nearly 1/3 will engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives.  The drinking patterns of the individuals profiled in this documentary represent different stages along the AUD spectrum, and their personal stories are gripping and informative.
Here is HBO’s description of the documentary:
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 resources and links about AUD and where to find help, visit
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