Binge drinking: a confused concept and its contemporary history
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkp053
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Binge drinking is a matter of current social, political and media concern. It has a long-term, but also a recent, history. This paper discusses the contemporary history of the concept of binge drinking. In recent years there have been significant changes in how binge drinking is defined and conceptualised. Going on a ‘binge’ used to mean an extended period (days) of heavy drinking, while now it generally refers to a single drinking session leading to intoxication. We argue that the definitional change is related to the shifts in the focus of alcohol policy and alcohol science, in particular in the last two decades, and also in the role of the dominant interest groups. The paper is a case study in the relationship between science and policy. We explore key themes, raise questions and point to a possible agenda for future research.
|Research Areas:||A. Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning|
|Citations on ISI Web of Science:||2|
|Deposited On:||14 Jan 2010 13:49|
|Last Modified:||07 Jan 2015 10:57|
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