Negative Experiences of Non-Drinking College Students in Great Britain: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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Jacobs, Lisa, Conroy, D. and Parke, Adrian 2018. Negative Experiences of Non-Drinking College Students in Great Britain: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. 16 (3), pp. 737-750. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-017-9848-6
AuthorsJacobs, Lisa, Conroy, D. and Parke, Adrian
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Research relating to alcohol use amongst university students primarily examines the effects of binge drinking. Researchers rarely focus on a range of drinking styles including light or non-drinking. This study was designed to gain an in-depth understanding of the lived experiences of female, first year UK undergraduates, who do not drink alcohol. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants. Narratives were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA; by Smith and Osborn (Sage 51-80, 2003). Three superordinate themes were identified: “managing the feeling that you don’t belong” highlights the importance of managing social interactions as a non-drinker; “experiencing social exclusion” recognises the impact on social bonding as a result of insufficient socialising opportunities; and “experiencing peer pressure and social stigma” highlights the scrutiny and labelling participants endured. These findings provide an understanding of some of the difficulties experienced by these undergraduates as a result of their non-drinking status. Implications of this research are discussed and areas for future research are outlined.

JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Journal citation16 (3), pp. 737-750
ISSN1557-1874
Year2018
PublisherSpringer Verlag
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-017-9848-6
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