Alcohol

What is alcohol and what does it do?

How much alcohol is in different drinks and what effect it has as you drink different amounts.

What if alcohol was invented today?

Alcohol: How much is too much?

Social life

We overspend when we are out with friends because we don't want to look mean - so we end up in 'social debt'.

Drinking behaviour

How much alcohol UK adults drink, who they drink with and where

Harmful drinking

How people view their drinking, and what they are doing about it

Worldwide drinking habits

There are 6 deaths every minute from the harmful use of alcohol

Young people and alcohol

Young people are drinking less - is this ‘generation sensible’?

Deaths caused by drinking

Deaths in the UK which are the direct consequence of alcohol misuse

Getting help: Adult substance misuse

Over ten years the number of people accessing help for substance abuse increased considerably...and the proportion recovering from dependence also increased

Drug highs

Many people have tried drugs but alcohol is the most popular stimulant

Drug lows

Despite worries and side effects, people still take drugs!

The NHS prioritising those with a 'healthy lifestyle'? I think there's enough stereotyping already

Bit tubby? Back of the queue. Smoker? Back of the queue. Drinker? Back of the queue. Natasha Devon was pre-judged because she was a 'big girl'. She nearly died

Young drivers

The first few years of driving are a dangerous time - a lack of experience combined with a misplaced confidence can often result in a crash

Harmful habits

How safe do people think substances are - compared to how safe they actually are?

Where's the harm

Alcohol does more harm in society than crack cocaine - but crack is more harmful to individuals. A different way of looking at the drug problem

Alcoholism is a choice

If you cannot blame genetics for your drinking habits, who can you blame?

A face that should haunt a generation

Gary Reinbach began drinking at 13. He died aged 22 having been refused a liver transplant

Mother's ruin

A GP argues that scientific studies and laws on alcohol are missing the point

Let's be realistic about teen drinking

This family buys alcohol for their 16-year-old son to get around a law that they think is ridiculous

Why could nobody stop me drinking?

Fifteen years of alcoholism cost this writer his home and nearly killed him... so why did none of the efforts to help him work?

Too much too young

A diagram of where and what exactly alcohol does to young bodies

Leave me alone with my glass of cheap beer

Putting up prices and lecturing people is not going to change drinking habits - it's just interfering with their enjoyment

Our youngsters are doing much better than parents in shunning booze and fags

Only a minority of teenagers abuse alcohol, most smoke less than their parents did. Which generation is irresponsible?

Mum, dad and those drunken daughters

The home, not the pub or the club, is where our national drink problem begins - and it begins with the parents

One way to solve an alcohol problem - drink from a smaller glass

Would serving alcohol in smaller measures be a simple way for people to understand how much they are drinking? Arguments for and against

The feeling of drinking alcohol without hangovers, disease or addiction? Bring it on

We refuse to have a proper debate about the health effects of alcohol - but a new discovery means we could have the pleasures of drinking without the risks

Getting help: Young people & drugs

Alcohol and drug problems in young people seem to be declining but some still need help

Once upon a Life

At the very height of his professional success, award winning playwright Athol Fugard realised he was an alcoholic. Here he describes his journey back from the brink

Alcohol advertising

Young people's views on the rules of alcohol advertising