‘Go hard or go home’: a social practice theory approach to young people’s ‘risky’ alcohol consumption practices

Hennell, Kath and Piacentini, Maria and Limmer, Mark (2019) ‘Go hard or go home’: a social practice theory approach to young people’s ‘risky’ alcohol consumption practices. Critical Public Health. ISSN 0958-1596 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Developing a deep and contextualised understanding of risk is important for public health responses to young people’s alcohol consumption, which is frequently positioned as an outcome of risky behaviour. This paper expands conceptualisations of risk to encompass its wider social and cultural context through a social practice exploration of young people’s controlled and managed intoxicated alcohol consumption practice. We report data from a fourteen-month qualitative study of the alcohol consumption practices of 23 young people in England, drawing on group interviews and social media interactions. Our findings provide a nuanced understanding of risk-taking, demonstrating that risk is an important aspect of the ongoing participation and performance in alcohol consumption practice and that health information and advice can be and was frequently incorporated into drinking practice without contributing to fundamental change. This raises new questions about the effectiveness of health interventions that focus on the individual, discussed in the final section of the paper.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Public health on online:
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Kath Hennell
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 09:42
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 09:42
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2966

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