Declining drinking among adolescents: are we seeing a denormalisation of drinking and a normalisation of non-drinking?

Caluzzi, Gabriel, Livingston, Michael, Holmes, John, MacLean, Sarah, Lubman, Daniel I., Dietze, Paul, Vashishtha, Rakhi, Herring, Rachel ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8588-5842 and Pennay, Amy (2021) Declining drinking among adolescents: are we seeing a denormalisation of drinking and a normalisation of non-drinking? Addiction . ISSN 0965-2140 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1111/add.15611)

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Abstract

Background
In the early 2000s, alcohol use among young people began to decline in many western countries, especially among adolescents (aged between 12-17 years old). These declines have continued steadily over the past two decades, against the backdrop of much smaller declines among the general population.

Argument
Hypotheses examining individual factors fail adequately to provide the necessary ‘big picture’ thinking needed to understand declines in adolescent drinking. We use the normalisation thesis to argue that there is strong international evidence for both processes of denormalisation of drinking and normalisation of non-drinking occurring for adolescents in many western countries.

Conclusions
Research on declining adolescent drinking provides evidence of both denormalisation of alcohol consumption and normalisation of non-drinking. This has implications for enabling policy environments more amenable to regulation and increasing the acceptability of non-drinking in social contexts. Normalisation theory (and its various interpretations) provides a useful multi-dimensional tool for understanding declines in adolescent drinking.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Medicine (miscellaneous), Psychiatry and Mental health
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 33462
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Caluzzi, G., Livingston, M., Holmes, J., MacLean, S., Lubman, D., Dietze, P., Vashishtha, R., Herring, R., and Pennay, A. (2021) Declining drinking among adolescents: Are we seeing a denormalisation of drinking and a normalisation of non-drinking?. Addiction, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15611. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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Depositing User: Rachel Herring
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 12:00
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2021 03:18
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33462

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