A sociological perspective offers critical insights into how social contexts and institutions shape alcohol use. This chapter contributes to a mature field in the sociological study of alcohol use. We consider the experience of undergraduate university students as consumers of two key commodities that are intertwined and in tension-alcohol, as a pleasurable aspect of the university lifestyle and university education itself, culminating in qualification. Drawing on qualitative interviews with undergraduate students, we describe features of university students’ drinking. In so doing, we identify key dimensions of students’ alcohol use and their conceptualization of university as a unique space and time in one’s life course to drink.
|Title of host publication||Neuroscience of Alcohol|
|Subtitle of host publication||Mechanisms and Treatment|
|Place of Publication||London UK|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Tertiary education
- University students