In the Drug Library series, a well-researched but sketchily written treatment of alcohol and its effects on individuals and society. After presenting history and scary accounts of alcohol-generated health damage, Monroe eventually focuses on teenage drinking, following a lengthy chapter on prevention and treatment of alcoholism with stiff warnings against drunk driving and drinking while pregnant. She presents plenty of useful information from a wide variety of sources in each chapter, e.g., the historical notes on how different cultures favored particular crops for fermentation and a set of questions that readers can use to gauge their need for Alateen, but her analysis frequently stoops to overstatement. Are one third of all American women really alcoholics? And she quotes many experts (and a few teenagers) who make strong general statements but give no specific clarifying examples (e.g., how and why liquor advertisers appeal to children). A thorough treatment that lacks teen appeal. Glossary; end notes; resource list; bibliography; index. Illustrations not seen.