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close this bookAlcohol-related Problems as an Obstacle to the Development of Human Capital (WB)
View the documentAcknowledgements
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close this folderThe nature of alcohol-related problems
View the documentHow do we measure alcohol consumption?
View the documentAlcohol-related problems
Open this folder and view contentsTrends in production and consumption
Open this folder and view contentsLevels and trends in alcohol-related mortality and morbidity
Open this folder and view contentsHow much do alcohol-related problems cost?
Open this folder and view contentsRole of government and policy options
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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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