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Exploring young peoples’ use of alcohol at outdoor music festivals in Australia


Jaensch, J and Whitehead, D and Prichard, I and Hutton, A, Exploring young peoples' use of alcohol at outdoor music festivals in Australia, Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2, (3) pp. 32-42. ISSN 2204-9193 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Outdoor Music Festivals (OMFs) are a large part of the summer culture in Australia and many other countries across the world – especially with young people as they transition from adolescence to adult life. The purpose of this study was to explore young people’s use of alcohol when attending OMFs. Current understanding of alcohol use at OMFs suggests that young people aged 25 or younger are more likely to engage in high levels of alcohol consumption and associated risk-taking behaviours. Using a qualitative descriptive exploratory approach to examine this use of alcohol and the experiences and beliefs of eight young people who regularly attend OMFs, it was found that young people routinely pre-plan their alcohol use, either resulting in pre-loading or budgeting for excessive alcohol use at events. The young people portrayed a general acceptance of behaviours at OMFs that, in another context, would be deemed inappropriate, risky or even reckless. These behaviours, perceived as social norms and mainly centered on excessive alcohol consumption, were motivated by the anticipated gratification, enjoyment or social status that such norms suggest or present.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:youth, alcohol consumption, music festivals, risk-taking, mass gatherings
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Whitehead, D (Dr Dean Whitehead)
ID Code:139921
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2020-07-16
Last Modified:2020-08-10

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