What About Drinking?
What About Drinking? is a short film from 1954 released on 16mm. It is held in the Prelinger Archives collection.
A group of teenagers discusses the use of alcoholic beverages and present various opinions. In conclusion, their points of view are summarized and question is left open for audience to discuss. Produced in cooperation with the Yale Center for Alcohol Studies.
15:13:30:11 CU 1940s to 1950s young man takes swig from bottle then speaks to camera ï¿½This isnï¿½t a very unusual scene. Youï¿½ve probably been to parties like this yourself; lotï¿½s of them.ï¿½
15:13:39:23 Two 1940s to 1950s young couples slow dance in living room of a house at a house party; couple in background talks and flirts; phone rings and woman walks to answer phone; one-ended phone conversation conveys there has been a car accident; CU woman on phone ï¿½Now what did you say? When? Who was driving? How bad was he hurt?ï¿½ Young woman hangs up phone and tells her group of friends what happened. VS reactions to the news: CU confused man with crew cut ï¿½hey Bob and Ted have been in an accident?ï¿½; CU young man with greased hair ï¿½Gosh, I be they feel awfulï¿½, CU young woman ï¿½They ought to, the police found a bottle in the carï¿½, LS tall muscular man responds ï¿½Oh brother theyï¿½re really in troubleï¿½; LS young woman upset ï¿½Well, it serves them right. Anybody that would be dumb enough to drinkï¿½ young man interrupts ï¿½Nobody should drink and driveï¿½ young woman answers in return ï¿½I mean there is no excuse for drinking under any conditionsï¿½ CU adamant woman ï¿½Thatï¿½s just what I always thought. Drinking is just about the worst thing you can do.ï¿½ Young man interjects to defend his friends; another man calls young woman prejudice; young woman defensively states ï¿½I am not prejudice, alcohol is poison and you know it!ï¿½
15:16:21:13 CU young man apologizes to young woman ï¿½Gosh yes Sally, Iï¿½m sorry. I didnï¿½t really mean to hurt your feelings. You see it one way and I see another.ï¿½ Group of late teenagers sit down on living room couches and discuss alcohol.
15:17:28:15 VS Father holding pipe sits down with late teen son to discuss alcohol: ï¿½You see Jack, an occasional drink never hurt anyone. Sure liquor can cause you plenty of trouble. It will make you drunk if you drink too much of it. And I think itï¿½s criminal if anybody drives after he has been drinking. But let me tell you something. I drink before dinner in the evening and itï¿½s just about the best thing I know of to do, settles your nerves and gives you an appetite. My father always had it around the house and weï¿½ve had it. And I donï¿½t object to your taking a drink once in a while. But I just donï¿½t want to ever hear of your being drunk.ï¿½
15:18:34:22 Reverend wearing a suit leans up on a desk then gets up and speaks to classroom of teenagers with backs facing camera. Reverend speaks out against alcohol: ï¿½ï¿½It is a question of right or wrong. For the things people do when they have taken alcoholï¿½spiritual values and human dignity are forgottenï¿½ï¿½
15:19:16:12 VS teenagers seated in living room continue debating the issue of to use or not use alcohol.
15:19:50:06 CU young man in profile speaks out ï¿½What about the people who become alcoholic, doesnï¿½t that bother you Susan? Well these alcoholics theyï¿½ï¿½; LS young man interrupts ï¿½If you mean my Dad, go ahead and say itï¿½ CU ï¿½Sure heï¿½s an alcoholic, everybody knows it. Iï¿½m used to itï¿½ï¿½
15:20:24:04 Young man seated at desk across from doctor in white coat. Doctor leans back in chair and educates young man on alcoholism: ï¿½Alcoholism is a type of illness that affects different types of people.ï¿½ CU doctor talks about alcoholism.
15:21:05:26 Young man stands up in an outburst and addressing group of teenage peers says ï¿½Thatï¿½s what I say, if you want to be one of the gang, youï¿½ve got to act like one of the gang. You donï¿½t want people to think youï¿½re a square do yaï¿½ï¿½, CU teenager reacting to boyï¿½s comments ï¿½I donï¿½t drink and I get along alright with the gang.ï¿½
15:21:24:02 CU 1940s girl looks into camera ï¿½There are plenty of guys who have a drink with their families. But when they get outside the house they drink deliberately, just to get high and put on an act. I think thatï¿½s what our parents are concerned about as much as anything.ï¿½
15:22:22:28 CU religious adamant: 1940s teenage girl states ï¿½I think itï¿½s wrong. I believe what Reverend Brewster says. I think drinking is wrong for anybody.ï¿½
15:22:34:22 CU 1940s teenage boy with crew cut sates his view on alcohol ï¿½And my Dad says a drink now and the never hurt anybody. And I think if you want to be one of the gang, youï¿½ve got to act like one of them.ï¿½
15:22:48:29 CU 1940s teenage boy it greased hair ï¿½The chances of being an alcoholic donï¿½t worry me. Some people can drink, and some canï¿½t. You canï¿½t blame it all on alcohol.ï¿½
15:23:00:02 CU 1940s teenage girl ï¿½In my church they donï¿½t say the use of alcohol is wrong in itself. Personally, I donï¿½t care on way or the other about drinking. But itï¿½s alright with me if other people want to. That is if they behave themselves.ï¿½
15:23:19:22 CU energetic young man says ï¿½Thatï¿½s what I say if you want to be one of the gang, youï¿½ve got to act like one of the gang. You donï¿½t want people to think youï¿½re a square do you?ï¿½15:23:45:06 CU young man looks down to left and right while saying ï¿½Each one of us must make up his own mind. It isnï¿½t easyï¿½, then looks up into the camera ï¿½What do you think? What about drinking?ï¿½
|What About Drinking?|
|Produced by||Centron Productions|
|Distributed by||Centron Productions|