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Getting drunk key to bonding for young people

 

For many young people getting drunk is key to being accepted as part of a social group. Professor Christine Griffin (University of Bath) will discuss young people's attitudes to alcohol in her presentation 'The allure of belonging: Young people's drinking practices and collective identification' at the British psychological Society's Social Section annual conference at the University of Winchester today, Thursday 9 September. Professor Griffin explained: "Extreme inebriation is often seen as a source of personal esteem and social affirmation amongst young people. Our detailed research interviews reveal that tales of alcohol-related mishaps and escapades are key markers of young peoples' social identity."

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