An objective discussion of a timely problem, this reveals some pertinent and useful facts in an unbiased and accurate fashion. Beginning with the definition of an alcoholic beverage and continuing through its chemical nature and effect on the human physiology, as well as the kinds of drinks available from wines to hard liquors, this turns to arguments in favor of drinking (its social advantages, etc.) and against drinking (hazards to health and life, drinking in relation to delinquency) ending with a serious survey of alcoholism, what it is, whom it can attack, what can be done about it. By presenting all the facts, Dr. Cain hopes the teenager will determine the importance of alcohol in his own life. Of course, the evidence points to sane drinking or total abstention, but this author avoids the ""preachy"" or moralistic aspects. Now when the redefinition of drinking-age laws is once again on the boards, this book makes a timely contribution.