Contextualizing students' alcohol use perceptions and practices within French culture: an analysis of gender and drinking among sport-science college students

Lebreton, Florian and Peralta, Robert L. and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Chervenak-Wiley, Lia and Routier, Guillaume (2017) Contextualizing students' alcohol use perceptions and practices within French culture: an analysis of gender and drinking among sport-science college students. Sex Roles. A Journal of Research, 76 (3). pp. 218-235. ISSN 0360-0025

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Abstract

Although research has examined alcohol consumption and sport in a variety of contexts, there is a paucity of research on gender and gender dynamics among French college students. The present study addresses this gap in the literature by examining alcohol use practices by men and women among a non-probability sample of French sport science students from five different universities in Northern France. We utilized both survey data (N = 534) and in-depth qualitative interviews (n = 16) to provide empirical and theoretical insight into a relatively ubiquitous health concern: the culture of intoxication. Qualitative data were based on students’ perceptions of their own alcohol use; analysis were framed by theoretical conceptions of gender. Survey results indicate gender differences in alcohol consumption wherein men reported a substantially higher frequency and quantity of alcohol use compared to their female peers. Qualitative findings confirm that male privilege and women’s concern for safety, masculine embodiment via alcohol use, gendering of alcohol type, and gender conformity pressures shape gender disparities in alcohol use behavior. Our findings also suggest that health education policy and educational programs focused on alcohol-related health risks need to be designed to take into account gender category and gender orientation.

Keywords:Sociology, Sport, Sport students, Alcohol, Binge drinking, Culture of intoxication, Gender, France, French students
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:23304
Deposited On:17 Jun 2016 08:20

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