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Beyond ‘drinking occasions’: Examining complex changes in drinking practices during COVID-19
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2022 (English)In: Drug and Alcohol Review, ISSN 0959-5236, E-ISSN 1465-3362, Vol. 41, no 6, p. 1267-1274Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: ‘Drinking occasions’ are commonly used to capture quantities of alcohol consumed. Yet this standardised terminology brings with it numerous assumptions and epistemological limitations. We suggest that social changes brought on by COVID-19 restrictions have influenced routines, patterns of time use and drinking practices, highlighting the need to re-examine how we conceptualise drinking and ‘drinking occasions’ in alcohol research. Methods: This analysis draws on data gathered from 59 qualitative interviews conducted during the second half of 2020 with Australian drinkers aged 18 and over. The interviews explored how COVID-19 restrictions impacted daily practices and alcohol consumption patterns. Findings: Participants spoke about their work, study and social routines changing, which influenced the times, timing and contexts of their drinking practices. We separated these shifts into four overarching themes: shifting of structures shaping drinking; the permeability of drinking boundaries; the extension of drinking occasions; and new contexts for drinking. Discussion and Conclusion: COVID-19 restrictions have led to shifts in the temporal boundaries and contexts that would otherwise shape people's drinking, meaning drinking practices may be less bound by structures, norms, settings and rituals. The drinking occasions concept, although a simple tool for measuring how much people drink, has not been able to capture these complex developments. This is a timely consideration given that COVID-19 may have enduring effects on people's lifestyles, work and drinking practices. It may be useful to examine drinking as practice, rather than just an occasion, in order to better contextualise epidemiological studies going forward. 

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2022. Vol. 41, no 6, p. 1267-1274
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alcohol, COVID-19, drinking occasions, adolescent, adult, Australia, drinking behavior, epidemiology, feeding behavior, health behavior, human, Alcohol Drinking, Humans
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212049DOI: 10.1111/dar.13386PubMedID: 34601754Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85116118536OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-212049DiVA, id: diva2:1714879
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-11-30Bibliographically approved

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