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Non-drinkers and non-drinking: a mixed methods research programme to promote safer student alcohol consumption

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posted on 2023-06-08, 20:12 authored by Dominic Conroy
This dissertation is about perceptions of non-drinkers and the social experiences of university students who do not drink alcohol. Chapter One provides a comprehensive literature review. Chapter Two outlines relevant methodological issues. Chapter Three reports findings from a cross-sectional study. Alcohol prototype measures were used to compute a sociability prototype differences variable (i.e., sociability prototypes for regular drinkers minus sociability prototypes for non-drinkers), which was associated with student drinking. Chapter Four reports a moderating effect of sociability prototype differences: beliefs about high levels of peer drinking were associated with less health-adherent drinking intention among students with less favourable evaluations of non-drinkers. Quantitative findings are summarised in Chapter Five. Chapters Six and Seven present findings from an interpretative phenomenological analysis of interviews with non-drinkers. Chapter Six suggests different strategies involved in non-drinking during social occasions, while Chapter Seven describes how authenticity is involved in deciding not to drink and within conversations about non-drinking. Chapters Eight and Nine summarise qualitative study findings and outline an intervention study, respectively. Chapter Ten reports intervention study findings. Students were asked to imagine possible benefits or anticipated strategic requirements engaged in safer drinking behaviour at four week follow-up compared with students who completed a drinks diary. Chapter Eleven summarises findings, discusses applied and theoretical implications, acknowledges programme limitations and proposes research extensions.


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