Seminar Details


Hazardous drinking in young professional women: their ‘relationship with alcohol'

Thursday 21st February 2013
1pm - 2pm (12.45 for sandwiches)
Seminar Room 1
PCPH, Upper 3rd Floor, UCL (Royal Free Campus)
Speaker: Ros Watts

Aims: Epidemiological research indicates increasing alcohol consumption by young professional women. This qualitative study explored their ‘relationship with alcohol’, and also their attitudes towards seeking help for drinking.

Method: Young professional women who drank hazardously and did not seek professional help (N=12) were interviewed. Data were analysed using Thematic Analysis.

Results: Participants described using alcohol in order to belong, gain power, and gain temporary release from stressful lives. However, as their drinking started to exceed normative levels, it led to the opposite experiences of separateness, disempowerment, and restriction. Women perceived treatments, including consultations with their GP, as replicating these negative effects, and suggested a need for a less shaming approach.

Conclusions: Young professional women experienced shame about their excessive drinking. Interventions need to be presented in a non-stigmatising way.

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