Addiction The Best Movies & TV Shows About Alcohol Addiction  

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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. 

A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies & TV Shows About Alcohol Addiction
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A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper. A movie star (Cooper) helps a young singer/actress (Stefani Germanotta) find fame, even as age and personal battles send his own career into a downward spiral. ...more on Wikipedia

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Clean and Sober is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies & TV Shows About Alcohol Addiction
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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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Mom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies & TV Shows About Alcohol Addiction
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Mom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney and was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, as well as Gemma Baker. On March 12, 2015, CBS renewed the series for a third season. ...more on Wikipedia

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28 Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies & TV Shows About Alcohol Addiction
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28 Days is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Betty Thomas. Sandra Bullock plays Gwen Cummings, a newspaper columnist obliged to enter rehabilitation. The film costars Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins, Steve Buscemi and Diane Ladd. ...more on Wikipedia

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