Social consequences

• Family disruption occurs with marital breakdown and violence toward partners and children.

• Working efficiency is reduced, often leading to demotion or unemployment.

• Crime: many alcoholics steal to get money for drink, and intoxication may precipitate violence. About 50 per cent of violent crimes are committed when the offender is drunk, and about 50 per cent of men in prison have a drinking problem.

• Drunken driving: 80 mg/100 ml is the legal upper limit of blood alcohol for drivers in the UK.

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