Situated drinking: the association between eating and alcohol consumption in Great Britain

Warde, A., Sasso, A., Holmes, J., Hernández Alava, M., Stevely, A. K. and Meier, P. S. (2023) Situated drinking: the association between eating and alcohol consumption in Great Britain. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 40(3), pp. 301-318. (doi: 10.1177/14550725231157222) (PMID:37255611) (PMCID:PMC10225964)

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Abstract

Aims: This paper examines the co-occurrence of drinking alcohol and eating in Great Britain. Applying a practice-theoretical framework, it attends primarily to the nature and characteristics of events – to social situations. It asks whether drinking events involving food are significantly different from those without, whether differences are the same at home as on commercial public premises, and whether differences are the same for men and women. The focus is especially on episodes of drinking with meals at home, an infrequently explored context for a substantial proportion of contemporary alcohol consumption. Data: Employing a secondary analysis of commercial data about the British population in 2016, we examine reports of 47,645 drinking events, on commercial premises and at other locations, to explore how eating food and consumption of alcoholic beverages affect one another. Three types of event are compared – drinking with meals, with snacks, and without any food. Variables describing situations include group size and composition, temporal and spatial parameters, beverages, purposes, and simultaneous activities. Basic sociodemographic characteristics of respondents are also examined, with a special focus on the effects of gender. Results: Behaviours differ between settings. The presence of food at a drinking episode is associated with different patterns of participation, orientations, and quantities and types of beverage consumed. Gender, age, and class differences are apparent. Conclusions: Patterns of alcohol consumption are significantly affected by the accompaniment of food. This is a much-neglected topic that would benefit from further comparative and time series studies to determine the consequences for behaviour and intervention.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Alcohol consumption, class, drinking with meals, domestic practices, food, gender, Great Britain.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Meier, Professor Petra
Authors: Warde, A., Sasso, A., Holmes, J., Hernández Alava, M., Stevely, A. K., and Meier, P. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1455-0725
ISSN (Online):1458-6126
Published Online:21 February 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 40(3): 301-318
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
313837Understanding stability and change in British drinking using 16 years of market research dataPetra MeierEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/R005257/2SHW - MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit
3048230051Systems science research in public healthPetra MeierMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_00022/5HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048230101Systems science research in public healthPetra MeierOffice of the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSO)SPHSU20HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit