SARN/SHAAP Alcohol Occasionals 2021

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


Understanding drinking transitions during lockdown: social inequalities, alcohol and the COVID-19 pandemic | Dr Emily Nicholls, University of York

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

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

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

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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 | 25 February (joint event with the Institute of Alcohol Studies, IAS) | Research presentation | Research report (on IAS website)

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

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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QMJC #4 Write-up

Meeting #4 (February 2021) – Thurnell-Read (2011)

In our fourth meeting on Tuesday 23 February, we discussed 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. doi: 10.4256/mio.2011.005

This fascinating study uses the stag weekend as a lens to explore men’s drinking, masculinities and the male body, adding to a relatively recent body of work which focuses on alcohol and men’s gendered identity […] Thurnell-Read (2011) draws on in-depth participant observation with eight groups of British men in Krakow old town centre who are ‘off the leash and out of control’ to question previous assumptions about men invariably being expected to demonstrate ‘manliness’ by ‘holding’ their drink and exerting control over their bodies…. [Read on]

Professor Carol Emslie

Read the full report on the SSA website

Alcohol Occasionals event report – Feb 2021

Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father: A scoping review – Dr Elena Dimova

In our second Alcohol Occasionals event of 2021 held on Thursday 25 February, Dr Elena Dimova, Postgraduate Researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University, presented: “Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father: A scoping review“.

You can read the event report on the SHAAP website.

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

SARN March 2021 Meeting – Research presentations

The two research presentations from the SARN Members’ March 2021 Meeting are now available, which were presented on 9 March 2021 via Zoom.

Professor Niamh Fitzgerald and Dr Isabelle Uny (University of Stirling) presented: “Managing COVID-19 transmission risks in bars: can pubs and bars effectively and consistently prevent COVID-19 transmission risks?”

Dr Andrea Mohan (University of Dundee) presented: “What can we learn from the perspectives of repeat drink-drivers? Findings from a qualitative study”.