It's time to take an in-depth look at the role of heredity and of environment in the use and abuse of alcohol. Why is the abuse of alcohol one of the greatest causes of loss of human productivity, and of suffering and death in our world? Why can the majority of persons who drink alcohol do so without harm to themselves, but others - between 5% and 15% of drinkers in many nations - become alcoholics, and others become problem drinkers? What is our human responsibility, given the evidence that hereditary factors, as well as environmental ones, affect response to alcohol? And equally important, what kind of education is essential for the proper use and control of this widely used substance? Diverse Backgrounds. We live in a world of diverse human backgrounds, attitudes and experiences in regards to alcohol.
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