The nature of alcohol-related problems
The range and the severity of alcohol-related problems vary considerably from country to country as well as within countries. Perceptions of traditionally acceptable patterns which guide total alcohol consumption decisions, also vary from culture to culture; as a consequence, drinking patterns range from intermittent intoxication (e.g. weekends) to habitual. casual drinking. The variance in drinking patterns among countries makes it difficult to document the problems and conditions in which alcohol is a factor. In addition, physiological differences coupled with the range of drinking patterns make it difficult to gauge the subtle issue of how much alcohol, per se, contributes to observed alcohol-related problems.
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