The Boy Who Drank Too Much

The Boy Who Drank Too Much is a 1980 American made-for-television drama film based on a novel by Shep Greene. The film was initially broadcast on CBS and sponsored by Xerox, and starred Scott Baio as a high school hockey player struggling with alcoholism. While its approach is that of a typical after school special, the film was presented as a prime time made-for-TV movie,[1] which was seen February 6, 1980 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.[2] Taking a form of a 20th-century morality play, the film dealt with a serious issue of alcoholism, that might confront youth in a prescriptive manner.

The Boy Who Drank Too Much
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Written byEdward DeBlasio
Shep Greene (novel)
Directed byJerrold Freedman
StarringScott Baio
Lance Kerwin
Ed Lauter
Mariclare Costello
Music byMichael Small
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Jerry McNeely
Producer(s)Donald A. Baer
Shep Greene (associate producer)
Production location(s)Madison, Wisconsin
Los Angeles
CinematographyAllen Daviau
Editor(s)Anthony Redman
Running time99 min
Production company(s)Company Four
MTM Enterprises
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • February 6, 1980 (1980-02-06)


Baio stars as Buff Saunders, a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers that, like his father, he is an alcoholic. He struggles to remain clean and sober in order not to lose his position on the team and the respect of his friends.



Filming for the movie took place in Los Angeles, California and Madison, Wisconsin.


  1. ^ The Globe and Mail, Tuesday February 5, 1980, p. 17, Toronto
  2. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Wednesday February 6, 1980, p. 6-C, Sarasota, FL

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