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Contrasting staff and student views on alcohol education provision in a UK university

Brown, Rachel ORCID: and Murphy, Simon ORCID: 2019. Contrasting staff and student views on alcohol education provision in a UK university. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy 26 (3) , pp. 229-237. 10.1080/09687637.2018.1475548

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Alcohol education and awareness aims to teach individuals the risks of excess consumption. It is common in UK universities, despite limited evidence of success with student cohorts. This research explored the development and delivery of such alcohol activities at one UK university. In-depth, one-to-one interviews were carried out with non-academic staff and with first-year students. These aimed to understand the development of alcohol awareness messages and staff involvement in delivery, as well as exploring student responses to key alcohol educational activities. Results indicate that alcohol is a normalized aspect of UK student identity and is accepted as such by students and staff. Despite this, there is a widely-held view that the university has a responsibility to provide alcohol education and awareness, which forms the basis of current practice on campus. This reflects perception of education interventions as non-coercive and acceptable within the staff-student relationship, with limited support for more interventionist approaches with a group engaging in a legal behavior with strong cultural associations. However, staff approval of education as appropriate for this audience is contradicted by students, who reject these same approaches as reminiscent of school, instead favoring self-directed learning or peer-led programs.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0968-7637
Funders: MRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 8 May 2018
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 09:11

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