Many people enjoy an occasional drink with friends, but the excesses of so-called ‘binge drinking’ are often brought to our attention by the media, particularly in connection with young people. And although figures show that the number of young people who do not drink is growing, among those who do drink there has been an increase in consumption. Are young people the only culprits? What are the health risks? This book also covers topics such as the licensing laws, alcohol addiction and alcohol-related crime. The information comes from a wide range of sources and includes government reports and statistics, newspaper articles, features, magazine articles and surveys, literature from lobby groups and charitable organisations.