Binge drinker

Aspinall, P.J. (2005) Binge drinker. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 59 (9). p. 736. ISSN 0143-005X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In addressing the moral consequences of classification, Bowker and Star have remarked that "each category valorizes some point of view and silences another".1 Unusually in medicine, such valorisation has silently entered the Read Codes with the announcement by the NHS Centre for Coding and Classification in January 2004 of the addition of "136R. Binge drinker". Medical terms usually qualify a condition or disease rather than label the person who has it. The reason is that personal labels may carry negative connotations, arousing resistance or defensiveness, whereas terms for behaviours (such as "high risk drinking", "alcohol dependence", and even "binge drinking") are more likely to be seen as a necessary and acceptable part of therapeutic discourse. The World Health Organisation’s lexicon of alcohol terms includes "binge drinking" ("a pattern of heavy drinking that occurs in an extended period set aside for the purpose") and also offers "bout drinking" and "spree . . .

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: alcohol dependence; binge drinking; high risk drinking
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2009 11:02
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2010 10:17
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4960 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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