HOW TO MAKE A PUBLIC HEALTH DOCUMENTARY: HBO'S "RISKY DRINKING"
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Watch the Film
Nearly 70% of American adults drink and nearly 1/3 of them engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Produced by HBO Documentary Films in association with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), "Risky Drinking" is 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 disorder, as it falls along a broad spectrum of risk and includes life-saving information about what can work. The film aims to provoke a much needed conversation about how to identify risky drinking and to suggest alternatives to the one-size-fits-all treatment approach that prevents many people from seeking help. After the film, Perri Peltz (MPH '84) led a lively discussion about the ethical responsibilities of a documentary filmmaker. She commented upon the perils of addiction, the subject screening process, and her own ethical approaches to morally ambiguous boundaries.
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