Journal article

Why are young people drinking less than earlier? Identifying and specifying social mechanisms with a pragmatist approach.

Jukka Törrönen, Filip Roumeliotis, Eva Samuelsson, Ludwig Kraus, Robin Room

International Journal of Drug Policy | Elsevier BV | Published : 2019

Abstract

Recent surveys have found a strong decrease in alcohol consumption among young people and this trend has been identified in European countries, Australia and North America. Previous research suggests that the decline in alcohol consumption may be explained by changes in parenting style, increased use of social media, changes in gender identities or a health and fitness trend. We use qualitative interviews with drinking and non-drinking young people from Sweden (N = 49) to explore in what way and in what kinds of contexts these explanations may hold true and how they alone or together may explain declining alcohol consumption among young people. By using the pragmatist approach, we pay attent..

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