Alcohol Occasionals event report – Jan 2021

Beyond behaviours: How health inequality theory can enhance our understanding of the ‘alcohol harm paradox’ – Jennifer Boyd

In our first Alcohol Occasionals event of 2021 held on Wednesday 20 January, Jennifer Boyd, PhD Student at the University of Sheffield, presented: “Beyond behaviours: How health inequality theory can enhance our understanding of the ‘alcohol harm paradox’“.

You can read the event report on the SHAAP website.

You can also watch Jen’s presentation and the presentation with discussion and Q+A.

SARN/SHAAP Alcohol Occasionals 2021

Beyond behaviours: How health inequality theory can enhance our understanding of the ‘alcohol harm paradox’ | Jennifer Boyd, University of Sheffield | 20 January | Research presentation | Event report

Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father: A scoping review | Dr Elena Dimova, Glasgow Caledonian University (joint event with the Institute of Alcohol Studies, IAS) | 25 February | Research presentation | Event report | Research report (on IAS website)

Alcohol-related violence and deprivation | Dr Carly Lightowlers, University of Liverpool & Lucy Bryant, Institute of Alcohol Studies | 30 March | Research presentation | Event report

Understanding drinking transitions during lockdown: social inequalities, alcohol and the COVID-19 pandemic | Dr Emily Nicholls, University of York | 28 April | Research presentation | Event report

Managed alcohol programmes (MAPs) | Dr Hannah Carver & Professor Tessa Parkes, University of Stirling | 1 June | Research presentation | Event report

Greenspace programmes for problem substance use | Wendy Masterton, University of Stirling | 15 June | Research presentation | Event report

QMJC #2 Write-up

Meeting #2 (December 2020) – Drabble & Trocki (2014)

In our second meeting on Tuesday 15 December, we discussed Drabble, L. & Trocki, K. (2014). Alcohol in the life narratives of women: Commonalities and differences by sexual orientation. Addiction Research & Theory, 22(3): 186–194. doi: 10.3109/16066359.2013.806651

This qualitative paper explores the role of alcohol in the life narratives of women with different sexual orientations. The introduction explains that alcohol-related problems are higher among sexual minority women, compared to heterosexual women, and provides explanations for why this may be the case. Then the paper highlights a clear gap in previous research – very few studies have explored how sexual minority women perceive the role of alcohol in their lives and how these views and experiences compare to those of heterosexual women. The study is informed by the theory of social representations, which is explained very well. The authors make it easy for a reader, unfamiliar with this theory, to understand it and why it was suitable for this study.… [Read on]

Dr Elena Dimova

Read the full report on the SSA website

Qualitative Methods Journal Club Meeting #4

SARN is supporting Professor Carol Emslie (SARN Co-Chair) and colleagues at the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Substance Use Research Group to host a series of the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) funded Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC) from November 2020 – April 2021.

The QMJC highlights best practice through its selection of good quality qualitative research papers. After each meeting, a summary of the discussion from the Journal Club will be made available on the SSA website:

In our fourth meeting on Tuesday 23 February 2021 from 2pm-3:15pm on Zoom, we will be discussing:

Thurnell-Read, T. 2011. ‘Common-sense’ research: Senses, emotions and embodiment in researching stag tourism in Eastern Europe. Methodological Innovations Online, 6(3), pp.39-49. Available from:

When reading, please consider / reflect on:

  • The topic: the ‘collective masculine experience’ of the stag weekend
  • Using participant observation to collect data
  • The role of reflexivity in qualitative research
  • Paying attention to emotions, bodily sensations and the senses (e.g. taste, smell, sounds) in alcohol research

You must register to attend:

This event is capped at 50 to encourage active and fruitful discussion. If you are registered to attend, please read and reflect on the above paper and questions before the meeting.

Save the dates

The final two meetings will be on Wednesday 24 March and Tuesday 20 April (also 2-3:15pm).

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SARN December 2020 Meeting – Research presentations

The two research presentations from the SARN Members’ December 2020 Meeting are now available, which were presented on 7 December 2020 via Zoom.

Dr Hannah Carver (University of Stirling) presented research on Managed Alcohol Programmes: “Investigating the need for alcohol harm reduction and Managed Alcohol Programmes for people experiencing homelessness and alcohol use disorders in Scotland”.

John Holleran (Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs; SFAD) presented his MSc research: “‘Constantly just holding it up and together’ Exploring Adult Family Support in Scotland”.

Constantly Just Holding It Up and Together – Report