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'Every time I do it I absolutely annihilate myself': loss of (self-)consciousness and loss of memory in young people's drinking narratives


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Griffin, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Hackley, C., Mistral, W. and Szmigin, I., 2009. 'Every time I do it I absolutely annihilate myself': loss of (self-)consciousness and loss of memory in young people's drinking narratives. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 43 (3), pp. 457-476.

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Abstract

Young people's alcohol consumption has been the focus of heightened concern over 'binge drinking' in social policy, academic research and popular culture. A normalized culture of intoxication is now central to many young people's social lives, playing an important role in the night-time economy of towns and cities across the UK. In this article we draw on the findings of a study on the significance of alcohol consumption in the everyday lives of 'ordinary' young adult drinkers to explore the significance of loss of consciousness and loss of memory in their drinking stories. Through an analysis of focus group discussions with 89 young women and men aged 18 to 25, we explore the role of 'passing out stories' in the classed and gendered domain of young people's alcohol consumption in the neo-liberal social order, focussing on the constitution of risk and pleasure in their accounts.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsGriffin, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Hackley, C., Mistral, W. and Szmigin, I.
DOI10.1177/0038038509103201
Uncontrolled Keywordsbinge, drinking, narrative, consumption, alcohol, gender, youth, sexuality, health and wellbeing, childhood and youth
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
Research CentresMental Health Research & Development Unit
Institute for Policy Research
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code14720

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