Alcohol can play a positive role in society and is an important part of our national culture. However, while the majority drink safely and sociably, excessive consumption by a minority is causing significant problems of ill health, crime and disorder and is costing the country dear in financial resources. The impact of alcohol misuse is widespread and growing. Excessive drinking is a major cause of disease and mortality. The social impacts are also significant and include violence (domestic and sexual), homelessness, teenage pregnancy, family breakdown, and antisocial behavior.