From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Although it is very popular, ethanol is a very strong psychoactive drug with a depressant effect, and many societies regulate or restrict its sale and consumption. The drug is often overlooked in its potency. A mere .08% blood alcohol content is often considered legal drunkenness. Countries place various legal restrictions on the sale of alcoholic drinks to young people. The manufacture and consumption of alcohol is found to some degree in most cultures and societies around the world, from hunter-gatherer tribes to organized nation states. The consumption of alcohol is often important at social events in such societies and may be an important aspect of a community's culture.