Sociology open seminar series 

Over the past decade the consumption of alcohol by British youth has become the subject of considerable debate and discussion. In light of the expansion of Britain’s night-time economy, the liberalisation of licensing hours in 2005, a renewed interest in town and city centres at night, and considerable media focus on anti-social behaviour, a series of policy and research interventions have attempted to understand and minimise the use of alcohol by under 18s. This paper presents findings from one such piece of research.

Titled ‘Park to Club: Youth, Alcohol and Place’, the study was conducted on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a UK based social policy and research charity. The study examined the extent to which ‘place’ shaped alcohol consumption and leisure activities.

This discussion focuses on two key points to have emerged from the study; youth drinking practices in relation to identity and consumption and, second, the relationship between public and private drinking spaces. We’re particularly interested in the extent to which the evidence supports and/or challenges new ways of thinking about sociality and friendship, and the ways in which new forms of drinking practice are spatially organised. 

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