'You're less complete if you haven't got a can in your hand': alcohol consumption and related harmful effects in rural Australia: the role and influence of cultural capital

Allan, Julaine, Clifford, Anton, Ball, Patrick, Alston, Margaret and Meister, Peter (2012) 'You're less complete if you haven't got a can in your hand': alcohol consumption and related harmful effects in rural Australia: the role and influence of cultural capital. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47 5: 624-629. doi:10.1093/alcalc/ags074


Author Allan, Julaine
Clifford, Anton
Ball, Patrick
Alston, Margaret
Meister, Peter
Title 'You're less complete if you haven't got a can in your hand': alcohol consumption and related harmful effects in rural Australia: the role and influence of cultural capital
Journal name Alcohol and Alcoholism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-0414
1464-3502
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/ags074
Volume 47
Issue 5
Start page 624
End page 629
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims: This study aimed to explore rural Australians’ perceptions of social and cultural factors influencing alcohol use in their communities. Methods: Semi-structured interviews exploring rural community key informants’ (n = 46) perceptions of social and cultural factors influencing alcohol consumption in their community were conducted. A narrative analysis identified cultural capital as a salient concept for explaining how rural community life is created and sustained via drinking practices. Results: Themes relating to participants’ accounts of learning to drink, normal drinking; exclusion because of not drinking and problematic drinkers are described. Conclusion: In rural communities, beliefs and values about drinking as a positive social practice are transmitted, rewarded and reproduced across multiple groups and settings, reinforcing that drinking is an integral part of Australian rural culture. Drinking is so important that engaging in drinking practices creates and sustains cultural capital. As a result, alcohol-related harm is of little concern to rural dwellers.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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