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dc.contributor.authorLyons, Antonia Cen_UK
dc.contributor.authorEmslie, Carolen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHunt, Kateen_UK
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-15T14:11:03Z-
dc.date.available2018-06-15T14:11:03Z-
dc.date.issued2014-02-28en_UK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27387-
dc.description.abstractPublic health approaches have frequently conceptualised alcohol consumption as an individual behaviour resulting from rational choice. We argue that drinking alcohol needs to be understood as an embodied social practice embedded in gendered social relationships and environments. We draw on data from 14 focus groups with pre-existing groups of friends and work colleagues in which men and women in mid-life discussed their drinking behaviour. Analysis demonstrated that drinking alcohol marked a transitory time and space that altered both women's and men's subjective embodied experience of everyday gendered roles and responsibilities. The participants positioned themselves as experienced drinkers who, through accumulated knowledge of their own physical bodies, could achieve enjoyable bodily sensations by reaching a desired level of intoxication (being in the zone). These mid-life adults, particularly women, discussed knowing when they were approaching their limit and needed to stop drinking. Experiential and gendered embodied knowledge was more important in regulating consumption than health promotion advice. These findings foreground the relational and gendered nature of drinking and reinforce the need to critically interrogate the concept of alcohol consumption as a simple health behaviour. Broader theorising around notions of gendered embodiment may be helpful for more sophisticated conceptualisations of health practices.en_UK
dc.language.isoenen_UK
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen_UK
dc.relationLyons AC, Emslie C & Hunt K (2014) Staying 'in the zone' but not passing the 'point of no return': Embodiment, gender and drinking in mid-life, Sociology of Health and Illness, 36 (2), pp. 264-277. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12103.en_UK
dc.rights© 2014 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Foundation for SHIL (SHIL). This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.subjectAlcohol consumptionen_UK
dc.subjectembodimenten_UK
dc.subjectgenderen_UK
dc.subjecthealth behaviouren_UK
dc.titleStaying 'in the zone' but not passing the 'point of no return': Embodiment, gender and drinking in mid-lifeen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1467-9566.12103en_UK
dc.identifier.pmid24447057en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleSociology of Health and Illnessen_UK
dc.citation.issn1467-9566en_UK
dc.citation.issn0141-9889en_UK
dc.citation.volume36en_UK
dc.citation.issue2en_UK
dc.citation.spage264en_UK
dc.citation.epage277en_UK
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublisheden_UK
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereeden_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.citation.date22/01/2014en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationMassey Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationGlasgow Caledonian Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute for Social Marketingen_UK
dc.identifier.isi000334354900010en_UK
dc.identifier.scopusid2-s2.0-84894058917en_UK
dc.identifier.wtid926289en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-5873-3632en_UK
dc.date.firstcompliantdepositdate2018-05-18en_UK
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