SARN September 2021 Meeting – Research presentations

The research presentations from the SARN Members’ September 2021 Meeting are now available, which were presented on 28 September 2021 via Zoom.

Danielle Mitchell (Alcohol Focus Scotland / University of Stirling) presented: “How can we improve alcohol labels to help people make healthier choices?”.

Justina Murray (Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs, SFAD) presented: “Ask the Family! Family Perspectives on Whole Family Support and Family Inclusive Practice”.

To access the full report and explore the ‘virtual exhibition’, please visit:

Blog post on ICARA-led webinar

In August 2021, SARN and SHAAP supported the International Confederation of ATOD Research Associations (ICARA) to hold the last of a series of webinars on the impact of COVID-19 on alcohol, tobacco and other drug research and services.

Attendees were treated to four fantastic presentations unpacking the impact of the pandemic on alcohol consumption and harms in South Africa (Professor Charles Parry), India (Dr. Abhijit Nadkarni), Australia (Dr. Sarah Callinan) and England and Scotland (Professor Niamh Fitzgerald).

In this blog post, Yvette Mojica-Perez (PhD student, La Trobe University) and Dr. Claire Wilkinson (Senior Research Fellow, University of New South Wales & Webinar Chair), provide a summary of each presentation and then discuss some overarching themes.

Read on SHAAP’s Blog.

SARN June 2021 Meeting – Research presentation

The research presentation from the SARN Members’ June 2021 Meeting is now available, which was presented on 14 June 2021 via Zoom.

Daniel Jones (University of Stirling) presented: “Alcohol packaging as a marketing and health communications tool: a focus group study with young adult drinkers in Scotland”.

QMJC #5 Write-up

Meeting #5 (March 2021) – Brierley-Jones et al. (2014)

In our fifth meeting on Wednesday 24 March, we discussed Brierley-Jones et al. Habitus of home and traditional drinking: a qualitative analysis of reported middle-class alcohol use. Sociol Health Illn. 2014; 36(7): 1054-76. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12145

This qualitative paper explores attitudes, meanings and behaviours in relation to alcohol consumption among professional, managerial and clerical employees. The title clearly conveys the topic, indicating the paper will focus on alcohol use among middle-class people. The authors suggest that members of higher socioeconomic groups may build resistance to harmful effects of alcohol through healthy behaviours (e.g. diet, physical activity) and may not access relevant services until irreversible health damage has occurred. The study draws on Bourdieu’s (1984) conceptual framework, which suggests that choices of food and drink are aligned with one’s position in the class hierarchy. It describes the idea of “habitus” – a set of socially ingrained dispositions and practices, that explain the way people understand and respond to the world around them….. [Read on]

Dr Elena Dimova

Read the full report on the SSA website

Qualitative Methods Journal Club Meeting #6

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 sixth and final meeting on Tuesday 20 April, from 2pm-3:15pm BST on Zoom, we will be discussing:

Salerno Valdez E, et al. How the U.S.-Mexico border influences adolescent substance use: Youth participatory action research using photovoice. Int J Drug Policy. 2019; 73: 146-155. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.07.011 [PMC Full Text]

When reading, please consider / reflect on:

  • How might you apply these methods to your own area of research?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches?
  • Where do we draw the line between research and advocacy/engagement?

You must register to attend:

Please read and reflect on the above paper and questions before the meeting.

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