Coming to HBO tonight, Monday, December 19: RISKY DRINKING
Ellen Goosenberg Kent’s exploration of alcohol abuse makes its debut as part of HBO’s original documentary slate this month.
Hewing closely to an awareness-raising approach, Kent’s film, presented with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, offers four case studies of individuals demonstrating problem drinking, with talking heads experts and stats popping up to offer analysis and further information. Profiles include a range of ages, but, sadly, a distinct lack of racial diversity, all struggling with excessive drinking that results in inappropriate behavior, negative repercussions to work and family relationships, and, in an extreme case, potentially life-threatening health concerns. While the message here is admirable, its presentation makes it feel distinctly educational.