Alcohol and young people


Young adults, alcohol and social networks

Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the project aims were:

  • To explore how young people’s social networks influence decision making around alcohol, against a backdrop of population level increases in consumption and on-going debates around the efficacy of controlling price and availability. 
  • To produce policy recommendations grounded within a cultural and network understanding of health behaviour.
  • To test methods such as social network mapping and other qualitative methods in the exploration of community influences on health.

Two reports have been published from this project:

1. Young people and alcohol: influences on how they drink

2. Drinking to belong - Understanding young adults’ alcohol use
within social networks

For more information on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and their work around alcohol visit their website.


Young people, gender and alcohol 

Three publications are available, relating to this programme of work. 

Final report - Alcohol and gender in transitions to adulthood

Supporting briefing paper of the Alcohol and gender transitions to adulthood project

Companion to the full report - Creating better stories: Alcohol and gender in transitions to adulthood - this book contains young people's representations of drinking, information gathered during the research phase of this project. Download Alcohol: Through Our Eyes.


Journal Articles

'I don't think old people should go to clubs': how universal is the alcohol transition amongst young adults in the United Kingdom?
Peter Seaman, Theresa Ikegwuonu
Journal of Youth Studies Vol 14 No 7, November 2011, 745-759

The role of alcohol price in young adult drinking cultures in Scotland.
Peter Seaman, Theresa Ikegwuonu, Fiona Edgar
Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 
Posted online on February 6, 2013 (doi:10.3109/09687637.2013.765386)