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Picks and Pans Review: Alcohol & Cocaine: the Secret of Addiction

updated 06/01/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/01/1987 01:00AM

ABC (Fri., May 29, 10 p.m. ET)

B-

ABC's Closeup on the ills of alcohol and cocaine isn't notable so much for its news as for its detail. We already know that both substances are bad for us; the show tells us how bad. We know that both are addictive; the show tells us how they hook us. We know that children of addicts have worse-than-aver-age odds of becoming addicts; the show reveals science's recent discoveries about that. But in the rough cut I saw, the show seemed stretched to fill an hour—relying on some pretty extreme stories from former addicts—and a bit disorganized. The reporting might have delivered more oomph as a fact-packed segment on 20/20.

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