Drinking contexts and youth drunkenness

Thom, Betsy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4975-7613 (2011) Drinking contexts and youth drunkenness. In: Expressions of Drunkenness (Four Hundred Rabbits). Fox, A. and MacAvoy, M., eds. ICAP Series, 11 (2) . Routledge, New York, pp. 155-171. ISBN 9780415992138. [Book Section] (doi:10.1080/1533256X.2011.565232)


The goal of Expressions of Drunkenness (Four Hundred Rabbits) is to contribute to ongoing scholarly discussion on the very serious topic of drunkenness. The phrase “four hundred rabbits” is one of many illustrations of the deep cultural, religious, and social influences on how individuals and communities view alcohol intoxication: The Aztecs believed alcohol to have a divine origin, with a god and a goddess giving birth to 400 (meaning “innumerable” in ancient Aztec) divine children or “rabbit gods,” each representing a varying degree and expression of alcohol intoxication and drunkenness. Hence the book’s subtitle, which at first glance might seem light-hearted but in fact represents an in-depth look at a weighty topic.With such rooted sociocultural factors in mind, the International Center for Alcohol Policies and DrinkWise Australia collaborated to prepare this book to advance current understanding of the individual and collective meanings, purposes, and functions of drunkenness. As the authors explain, interpretations by different disciplines of the terms “intoxication” and “drunkenness” are often inconsistent. The chapters of this book address intoxication and drunkenness from three perspectives: biological, cultural, and social. By placing intoxication and drunkenness into these contexts, the book is able to offer language and conceptual tools to help further the ongoing discussion on how best to reduce alcohol-related harm and encourage responsible enjoyment of beverage alcohol. Expressions of Drunkenness (Four Hundred Rabbits) is the tenth volume in the ICAP Book Series on Alcohol in Society.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1. Voices in the Debate by Marcus Grant and Mike MacAvoy

Chapter 2: The Biology of Intoxication by Creina Stockley and John B. Saunders

Case Study 2.1. Legal Response to Intoxication and Drunkenness by Hurst Hannum
Chapter 3: The Origins of Drunkenness by Anne Fox

Case Study 3.1. The Round: Alcohol and Social Connection—an Anthropological Approach by Véronique Nahoum-Grappe
Case Study 3.2. Indigenous Australians and Alcohol by Creina Stockley and Anne Fox
Chapter 4: Drunkenness, a Historical and Contemporary Cross-cultural Perspective: “A Voluntary Madness” by Fiona Measham

Case Study 4.1. A Peculiarly Australian Phenomenon: The Six O’clock Swill by Billie Atanasova

Chapter 5: Drinking Contexts and Youth Drunkenness by Betsy Thom, with contributions from Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl

Case Study 5.1. Drunkenness on the U.K. Political Agenda by Jean Coussins
Concluding Remarks by Trish Worth

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: A chapter in a book
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 15390
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Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:33
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15390

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