When drink kills

Biographical construction by those left behind

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Abstract

This paper explores the experiences and perceptions of alcohol misuse by those mourning an alcohol-related death. How might this hidden and previously unresearched group contribute to the debate around ‘drinking dilemmas’? Whilst hitherto there has been little research into how bereaved people negotiate and live with this type of loss, we do know that these deaths can be particularly difficult to grieve, due to:
1. The impact of coping with the person’s alcohol misuse while they were alive.
2. Where and how the person died
3. A culture that may stigmatise the death and pathologise such families, even if the deceased had been loved.
4. Having to make sense of a life and death defined by alcohol and that the mourner and/or others, consider unfulfilled.

The paper reports preliminary findings from an ESRC study, which has conducted 100 in-depth semi-structured interviews with families and individuals affected by a drug or alcohol related death. It analyses how these four factors influence the bereaved person’s construction of the deceased person’s memory and identity in an attempt to make sense of and live with both the life and the death.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2013
EventBritish Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group; Drinking Dilemmas Conference - Cardiff, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Dec 201312 Dec 2013

Conference

ConferenceBritish Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group; Drinking Dilemmas Conference
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period12/12/1312/12/13

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Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • alcohol and drug problems
  • bereavement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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Valentine, C. A., & Templeton, L. (2013). When drink kills: Biographical construction by those left behind. Abstract from British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group; Drinking Dilemmas Conference, Cardiff, UK United Kingdom.

When drink kills : Biographical construction by those left behind. / Valentine, C A; Templeton, L.

2013. Abstract from British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group; Drinking Dilemmas Conference, Cardiff, UK United Kingdom.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Valentine, CA & Templeton, L 2013, 'When drink kills: Biographical construction by those left behind' British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group; Drinking Dilemmas Conference, Cardiff, UK United Kingdom, 12/12/13 - 12/12/13, .
Valentine CA, Templeton L. When drink kills: Biographical construction by those left behind. 2013. Abstract from British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group; Drinking Dilemmas Conference, Cardiff, UK United Kingdom.
Valentine, C A ; Templeton, L. / When drink kills : Biographical construction by those left behind. Abstract from British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group; Drinking Dilemmas Conference, Cardiff, UK United Kingdom.
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