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The Effects of Binge Drinking on the Health of Irish Students: Investigations into perceptions of binge drinking among young Dublin Students.

Foy, Cairenn (2005) The Effects of Binge Drinking on the Health of Irish Students: Investigations into perceptions of binge drinking among young Dublin Students. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This dissertation aims to find out what effects binge drinking is having or will have on our bodies. The author goes into great detail to firstly explain what binge drinking is, the effects it is having or would have on our bodies, and why people engage in this type of drinking.

What are the motivating factors? Different researchers suggest different influencing factors on how much people drink. Lastly the author looked at the effect heavy drinking is having on society as a whole.

The author decided to use exploratory research, which is ideal, as it is a flexible method available for researchers. Explanatory research can be qualitative or quantitative in nature. The author decided to use qualitative, and use in depth interviews.

In depth interviews were used to interview Dr. Ross and student A and B. Student A and B were also given a questionnaire compiled by WHO to analyse their drinking patterns. This questionnaire gives recommendations depending on your individual score.

The whole analysis of the interviews and questionnaires are found in chapter 4. To summarize the findings of the interviews, the author discovered a huge gap between young peoples perceptions of binge drinking and its consequences. Both students' definitions of binge drinking were completely wrong, and fairly worrying. The author found an apparent difficulty in the difficulty to talk openly and honestly about their drinking habits. Both students identified liver cirrhosis as the only severe adverse health consequence highlighting the need for more education on the subject of binge drinking and its health consequences.

Dr Ross provided some interesting definitions of an alcoholic, the author agreed with Dr Ross that an alcoholic cannot be defined by how many drinks he or she consumes but more so, if their drinking habits interfere with their responsibilities and every day life. Dr Ross spoke about binge drinking in terms of whether it interfered with your responsibilities etc and he seemed to justify consuming more than your recommended daily units if it did not interfere with your responsibilities or relationships. The author felt that although he is correct in saying this, more emphasis was perhaps needed on the health consequences of consuming more than your daily recommended units. Finally the author felt a lot more education is needed, preferably in schools. Lastly menus containing unit content beside alcoholic beverages could prove very successful in the author's opinion along with a short reminder highlighting your maximum daily unit intake.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Alchohol Use
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: Aisling Gorby
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2010 10:31
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 09:13
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/96

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