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SARN/SHAAP Alcohol Occasionals 2021

We warmly invite you to join us online for our SARN/SHAAP Alcohol Occasionals events of 2021.


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

Wednesday 20 January, 12:30-14:00 GMT

Registration now closed.


Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father: A scoping review | Dr Elena Dimova, Glasgow Caledonian University

Thursday 25 February, 12:30-14:00 GMT

Register for free now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alcohol-occasionals-mens-alcohol-consumption-when-becoming-a-father-tickets-133083894511


Alcohol-related violence and deprivation | Dr Carly Lightowlers, University of Liverpool and Lucy Bryant, Institute of Alcohol Studies

Tuesday 30 March, 12:30-14:00 BST

Register for free now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alcohol-occasionals-alcohol-related-violence-and-deprivation-tickets-136969654925 


Understanding drinking transitions during lockdown: social inequalities, alcohol and the COVID-19 pandemic | Dr Emily Nicholls, University of Portsmouth and Dr Dom Conroy, University of East London

Wednesday 28 April, 12:30-14:00 BST

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Managed alcohol programmes (MAPs) | Dr Hannah Carver and Dr Tessa Parkes, University of Stirling

Tuesday 1 June, 12:30-14:00 BST

Register for free now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alcohol-occasionals-managed-alcohol-programmes-maps-tickets-136974170431


Greenspace programmes for problem substance use | Wendy Masterton, University of Stirling

Tuesday 15 June, 12:30-14:00 BST

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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: https://www.addiction-ssa.org/hot-topic/qualitative-methods-journal-club/


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: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.4256/mio.2011.005

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:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/qualitative-methods-journal-club-meeting-4-hosted-by-gcu-tickets-136985173341

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.


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

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Qualitative Methods Journal Club Meeting #3

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: https://www.addiction-ssa.org/hot-topic/qualitative-methods-journal-club/


In our third meeting on Thursday 14 January 2021 from 2pm-3:15pm on Zoom, we will be discussing:

Pauly BB, Mamdani Z, Mesley L, et al. “It’s an emotional roller coaster… But sometimes it’s fucking awesome”: Meaning and motivation of work for peers in overdose response environments in British Columbia. Int J Drug Policy. 2020; 88: 103015. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.103015

When reading, please consider:

  • What does “real” peer engagement in research mean, as opposed to tokenistic engagement?
  • How were peers integrated into each part of this study – design, data collection, analysis, write up?
  • Is this an approach that can be applied to all qualitative research? Why or why not?
  • What do you think are the challenges in applying this approach to your own research interests?

You must register to attend:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/qualitative-methods-journal-club-meeting-3-hosted-by-gcu-tickets-132912347409

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.


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Next meeting (also 2pm-3:15pm): Tuesday 23 February

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Qualitative Methods Journal Club Meeting #2

SARN is supporting Professor Carol Emslie (SARN Co-Chair) and colleagues at the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Substance Use Research Group to host the upcoming 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: https://www.addiction-ssa.org/hot-topic/qualitative-methods-journal-club/


In our second meeting on Tuesday 15 December from 2pm-3:15pm on Zoom, we will be discussing: Drabble & Trocki (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 A PDF is available on PMC: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4063308/

You must register to attend:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/qualitative-methods-journal-club-meeting-2-hosted-by-gcu-tickets-128496238709

This event is capped at 50 to encourage active and fruitful discussion. If you are registered to attend, please read and reflect on Drabble & Trocki (2014) before the meeting.


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Next meeting (also 2pm-3:15pm): Thursday 14 January

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

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