Exploring health behaviours: Understanding drinking practice using the lens of practice theory

Hennell, Kath and Piacentini, Maria and Limmer, Mark (2019) Exploring health behaviours: Understanding drinking practice using the lens of practice theory. Sociology of Health & Illness. ISSN 0141-9889 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Research suggests that there is no safe amount of alcohol but despite this alcohol consumption remains an important part of many [young] people’s lives. Viewed as an inherently social activity drinking alcohol provides an opportunity for socialising and connecting with friends. This study is one of the first to draw on practice theory to explore one type of intoxicated drinking occasion engaged in by young people; framed in this paper as a ‘proper night out’. This article argues that this hybrid entity is made up of a series of interconnected social practices that have come and now hang together to serve to normalise and routinize intoxicated drinking occasions. The operationalisation of practice theory has enabled an in-depth exploration of intoxicated drinking and provides the potential for new ways of intervening in harmful drinking practices by refocusing attention away from individual level decision making to drinking practices.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hennell, Kath. Exploring health behaviours: Understanding drinking practice using the lens of practice theory. Sociology of Health and Illness: , which has been published in final form at . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Kath Hennell
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 09:39
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 11:13
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2974

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