Written by Dwight Heath, this book is the outgrowth of nearly 40 years of the author’s research on drinking practices and years of concern about national and international policies as they relate to this part of human culture. Drinking Occasions observes the diversity of normal drinking behavior and the largely beneficial drinking patterns, demonstrating how drinking behavior is not an isolated phenomenon, but integrated with a wide range of other human activities. This book is the fourth volume in the ICAP Book Series on Alcohol in Society. The executive summary of Drinking Occasions is also available in French, Japanese, and Spanish. A Japanese-language edition of this book was published in 2001.