Becoming a “successful” drinker and a graduate: A sociological perspective on alcohol consumption by university students

Claire Tanner, Jo Lindsay, Rose Leontini, Sian Supski, Julie Hepworth, Toni Schofield, John Germov

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuroscience of Alcohol
Subtitle of host publicationMechanisms and Treatment
EditorsVictor Preedy
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128131251
ISBN (Print)9780128131268
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Alcohol
  • Consumption
  • Qualitative
  • Tertiary education
  • University students

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