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.
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”.
Journal article in Addiction Research & Theory: Health information, messaging and warnings on alcohol packaging: a focus group study with young adult drinkers in Scotland, doi: 10.1080/16066359.2021.1884229
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]
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.
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?