In high school news travels fast and bad news moves at lightning speed. A cell phone text conversation informs us that Justin is dead after passing out playing Hot Shots, a drinking game.
This hard-hitting texting conversation opens Binge Drinking Blowout, a no-use message documentary focusing on how excessive drinking affects young adults. Students share experiences of blackouts, violence, date rape encounters, and alcohol poisoning emergencies, while friends and families of victims tell students about the heavy price they paid.
Throughout, we periodically return to the story of Justin, finding a Facebook in memoriam page to him, and then learning through a chat conversation that Bruce has been arrested for causing Justins death. As the chats continue we learn that Bruce is also accused of sexual assault of a young woman he plied with alcohol.
This documentary teaches that mixing drugs with alcohol is lethal and that partying has serious consequences not to be ignored.
Suitable for middle and high school students. Viewing time: 21 minutes. 2010.