Voices of temporary sobriety - a diary study of an alcohol-free month in Hungary

Pados, E., Kovács, A., Kiss, D., Kassai, S., Kapitány-Fövény, M., Dávid, F., Karsai, S., Terebessy, A., Demetrovics, Z., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Rácz, J., 2020. Voices of temporary sobriety - a diary study of an alcohol-free month in Hungary. Substance Use and Misuse. ISSN 1082-6084

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Abstract

Background: Temporary abstinence from alcohol as a challenge could support self-knowledge, self-care, and health consciousness in several ways.

Objectives: The present study explored Dry November participants’ personal experiences and coping strategies during a one-month abstinence period. The research is embedded in the Hungarian context of drinking habits, culture, society, and alcohol policy.

Methods: This qualitative study comprised the thematic analysis of 23 participants’ diaries, reported twice a week for 30 days (in November 2017), to identify and understand the common experiences of temporary sobriety.

Results: Three main themes emerged from the analysis: challenge, community, and relationship toward alcohol and abstinence. Results showed that there are no categorical differences between successful and non-successful participants.

Conclusions: The present research demonstrated that during the challenge, rather than simply saying ‘no’ to alcohol, participants utilized other refusal strategies to avoid social confrontation.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Voices of temporary sobriety - a qualitative diary study of experiences of an alcohol free month in Hungary
Publication Title: Substance Use and Misuse
Creators: Pados, E., Kovács, A., Kiss, D., Kassai, S., Kapitány-Fövény, M., Dávid, F., Karsai, S., Terebessy, A., Demetrovics, Z., Griffiths, M.D. and Rácz, J.
Publisher: Informa UK
Date: 3 January 2020
ISSN: 1082-6084
Identifiers:
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10.1080/10826084.2019.1705861DOI
1262441Other
Rights: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4. 0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Jan 2020 09:21
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 11:29
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38924

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