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Perceptions of drinkers and abstainers in a sample of Scottish adults.
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PMID:  3358828     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Following Davies and Stacey's investigation (1972, Teenagers and Alcohol, HMSO, London) into perceptions of drinking and abstaining among Scottish teenagers, this study extended their general method to an investigation of the perceptions of 239 Scottish adults. Results showed that the stereotypes of the heavy drinker as 'tough and rebellious' and the abstainer as 'weak and cissy' persist into adulthood. Heavy drinkers were seen as low on 'sociability' and 'sexual attractiveness' and abstainers were seen as less 'sociable' than moderate drinkers. There was also some evidence of a 'double standard' in perceptions of male and female drinking roles. Other findings concerning the effects on perceptions of subjects' sex and drinking behaviour are compared to those reported in the earlier study and implications for the treatment of alcohol problems are discussed. It is concluded that the dimensions described by Davies and Stacey represent a relatively stable structure within future research where fresh initiatives in alcohol education may be located.
A Dzialdowski; N Heather; J Crawford
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alcohol and alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire)     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0735-0414     ISO Abbreviation:  Alcohol Alcohol.     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-06-09     Completed Date:  1988-06-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8310684     Medline TA:  Alcohol Alcohol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Ninewells Medical School, University of Dundee.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking*
Gender Identity
Middle Aged
Social Behavior
Social Desirability
Social Perception*

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