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Where Does it Get You? is a classic educational alcohol video from the 1940’s. The effects of alcohol and facts about alcohol are the film’s subject matter. But what makes the film interesting is the opportunity it affords viewers to see how alcohol and alcohol abuse were perceived and treated in the mid 20th century. Featuring campy dated diagrams and science, the effects of alcohol and alcoholism are teased out by a detailed explanation about how the body receives and processes different blood alcohol levels. Sobriety is encouraged (of course), but the film also stresses that alcohol impairs one’s ability to function as a healthy good American citizen. Drinking can be an embarrassment. This film is a fun way to enjoy the history of alcohol consumption and substance abuse in general, as well as American culture.


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