Alcohol: through our eyes; young people’s representations of drinking in Scotland.
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HACKETT, C., SEAMAN, P. and EDGAR, F., 2012. Alcohol: through our eyes; young people’s representations of drinking in Scotland. Glasgow: Glasgow Centre for Population Health.
This book is based on a research project that explored how young men and women use alcohol as they move from their mid teens through to their late twenties. This period of life is sometimes referred to as ‘the transition to adulthood’. We wanted to find out more about young people’s experiences of drinking during this time in their lives. To explore this in a dynamic way, we conducted eight activity based focus groups with young adults aged between 16–30. During the activities, participants drew and created visual materials in the form of t-shirts, comic strips and speech bubbles. These materials provide a rich insight into young adults’ alcohol use. They are raw and authentic because they come directly from the young adults themselves. We believe these representations are powerful in a way that is difficult to capture in words alone. Because of this, we decided to put together this book to showcase the young men and women’s representations of alcohol, through their eyes. More information about the research is available in the companion report, Creating better stories: Alcohol and gender in transitions to adulthood. A briefing paper or a shortened version of the report is also available from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health website. http://www.gcph.co.uk/genderandalcohol