Having a glass of wine or champagne has become a common ritual in various environments – from corporate parties to intimate dinners and numerous other social events. The question arises – when is the so-called social drinking starting to possess a threat and become an addiction that leads to alcohol abuse? Medical experts warn that worldwide alcohol consumption is on the rise, and so is the number of alcohol addicts and alcoholics. Alcohol abuse puts a huge strain on the health care and economy – in the United States alone the economic costs of it exceed one hundred billion US dollars. Alcoholism also affects crime and accident rates, as well as the individual''s performance in work or any other environment. In order to find out more about the culture of drinking, alcohol abuse and its consequences – read this book.