Swimming with crocodiles : the culture of extreme drinking
- [edited by] Marjana Martinic and Fiona Measham.
- New York : Routledge, c2008.
- Physical description
- xiii, 280 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Series on alcohol in society.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Chapter 1: A case for the term "extreme drinking" (by Marjana Martinic and Fiona Measham)--
- Chapter 2: A history of intoxication: Changing attitudes to drunkenness and excess in the United Kingdom (by Fiona Measham)--
- Chapter 3: Beyond boundaries: Youth and the dream of the extreme (by Veronique Nahoum-Grappe, featuring "Case Study. Young People's Drinking in France" by Marie Choquet)--
- Chapter 4: What motivates extreme drinking? (by Barbara Leigh and Christine Lee, featuring "CASE STUDY. Drinking among young people in the United Kingdom" by Fiona Measham)--
- Chapter 5: Focus Group Results ("Brazil" by Monica Gorgulho and Vera Da Ros-- "CHINA" by Ian Newman-- "ITALY" by Enrico Tempesta-- "Nigeria" by Olabisi Odejide, Olayinka Omigbodun, Ademola Ajuwon, Victor Makanjuola, Afolabi Bamgboye, and Frederick Oshiname-- "Russia" by Eugenia A. Koshkina-- "South Africa" by Chan Makan-- "Scotland, United Kingdom" by Steve March)--
- Chapter 6: Stakeholders and their roles (by Mark Leverton and Keith Evans)--
- Chapter 7: Extreme drinking, young people, and feasible policy (by Marjana Martinic and Barton Alexander-- featuring "Case Study. Botellon in Spain" by Andres Bascones Perez-Fragero)--
- Chapter 8: Tackling extreme drinking in young people: Feasible interventions (by Monica Gorgulho and Daniya Tamendarova, featuring "Case Study. United States: Drinking among sorority and fraternity students" by Jason Kilmer and Mary Larimer)-- Afterword (by Marjana Martinic and Fiona Measham)-- Annex
- 1: Procedures for focus groups on extreme drinking-- Annex
- 2: Guiding questions for focus groups-- Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
There is evidence that a distinct pattern of alcohol consumption is emerging across the world and is a cause for concern because of its relationship with a range of health and social problems. Its visibility, particularly its high involvement of young people, makes this not only an issue for public safety and order in many countries, but also a highly contentious and politicized subject. This book examines the rapid and heavy drinking behavior by young people, described in a number of countries, positioning it within its appropriate social, historical and cultural contexts. The book argues in favor of a new term - "extreme drinking" - to fully encapsulate the many facets of this behavior, taking into account the underlying motivations for the heavy, excessive and unrestrained drinking patterns of many young people. It also acknowledges the drinking process itself and accommodates greater focus on outcomes that are likely to follow.In many ways, "extreme drinking" is not so far removed from other "extreme" behaviors, such as extreme sports - all offer a challenge, their pursuit is motivated by an expectation of pleasure, and they are, by design, not without risk to those who engage in them, others around them and society as a whole. Edited by Marjana Martinic and Fiona Measham, "Swimming with Crocodiles" is the ninth volume in the ICAP Book Series on Alcohol in Society.The authors discuss the factors that motivate extreme drinking, address the developmental, cultural and historical contexts that have surrounded it, and offer a new approach to addressing this behavior through prevention and policy. The centerpiece of the book is a series of focus groups conducted with young people in Brazil, China, Italy, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, which examine their views on extreme drinking, motivations behind it and the cultural similarities and differences that exist, conferring at once risk and protective factors.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- International Center for Alcohol Policies series on alcohol in society
- 9780415955485 (hbk. : alk. paper)
- 0415955483 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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