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Muhlack, Emma and Carter, Drew and Braunack-Mayer, Annette and Morfidis, Nicholas and Eliot, Jaklin [Pubmed Central] . (2018) Constructions of alcohol consumption by non-problematised middle-aged drinkers: a qualitative systematic review. Springer. BMC Public Health, 18 (1069) https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5948-x

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Background: Current research into alcohol consumption focuses predominantly on problematic drinkers and populations considered likely to engage in risky behaviours. Middle-aged drinkers are an under-researched group, despite emerging evidence that their regular drinking patterns may carry some risk.

Methods: We searched Scopus, Ovid Medline, and Ovid PsycInfo for peer-reviewed, English-language publications appearing prior to 31 December 2015 and relating to the construction of alcohol consumption by middle-aged non-problematised drinkers. Thirteen papers were included in our thematic analysis.

Results: Middle-aged non-problematised drinkers constructed their drinking practices by creating a narrative of normative drinking via discourses of gender, identity, play, and learning to drink. They also used drinking norms to construct their gender and identity. Health was not identified as a significant consideration for the population of interest when constructing alcohol consumption, except where drinking behaviours were likely to harm another.

Conclusions: These results suggest that public health campaigns aimed at reducing alcohol consumption may be more effective if they focus on unacceptable drinking behaviours instead of personal health outcomes.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Pubmed Central
Date:September 2018
Publisher:Springer
Volume:18
Number:1069
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Attitude toward substance use
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Attitude toward substance use > Attitude toward substance user
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Prevention through information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural aspects of substance use > Societal attitude toward substance use
N Communication, information and education > Information use and impact

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