Whether they provide loads of comedy at the expense of the drunk or focus on the issues and interpersonal problems of chronic drinking, TV shows and movies about alcoholism hit both ends of the spectrum. More often than not, the best movies about alcohol addiction take the latter route. They tend to expose the downsides of excessive drinking and the negative consequences it can and often does have on the lives of the addict and those around them. Regardless, alcoholism movies and TV shows bring a great perspective to alcohol consumption—be it humorous or eye opening.
When it comes to movies about alcoholism, popular classics like Leaving Las Vegas and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf are certainly some great options. Of course, we can't forget more recent additions like Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot and the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born both show issues associated with heavy drinking. In the case of TV, shows about alcohol addiction can also take a more serious look, though comedy is a common choice—just think Mom, Shameless, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and others featuring lovable alcoholics. For more of the drama type, good options include Californication and NYPD Blue, though there's plenty more to choose from.
So, what are the best movies and TV shows about alcoholism? Check out the list of films and series below and vote up your favorites. If you think something is missing from the list, be sure to add it.
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Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage, who has ended his personal and professional life to drink himself to the end in Las Vegas. While there, he develops a relationship with a hardened prostitute played by Elisabeth Shue, which forms the center of the film. ...more on Wikipedia
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Clean and Sober is a 1988 American drama film directed by Glenn Gordon Caron and starring Michael Keaton as a real estate agent struggling with a substance abuse problem. This film was a dramatic departure from comedies for Keaton. The supporting cast includes Kathy Baker, M. Emmet Walsh, Morgan Freeman and Tate Donovan. Ron Howard, who previously directed Keaton in the comedies Night Shift and Gung Ho, served as co-producer. ...more on Wikipedia
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