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HBO/NIAAA Documentary “Risky Drinking” – Premiering Monday, December 19

Dear Colleagues,

The HBO/NIAAA documentary “Risky Drinking” premieres Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO. NIAAA is proud to have collaborated with HBO on this documentary, which examines the lives of four people whose drinking has profoundly impacted their relationships and their lives. If you subscribe to HBO, please watch it if you’re able.

This is a compelling film on an important public health topic – Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). For more information about the film, additional resources, and information about how to view the film on other HBO platforms, please visit or

About 70% 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 of 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.

As we all wish for the health and safety of our loved ones during the holiday season, I hope you will be able to watch this important and informative program.

George F. Koob, Ph.D.

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