Researcher from the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research receives a grant of DKK 4.7 million

The Social Sciences (FSE) section under the Danish Council for Independent Research have granted DKK 4.7 million to a new research project led by Geoffrey Paul Hunt from the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

2014.06.20 | Tine Bagger Christiansen

Through a study of the alcohol intoxication in young female adults, the project seeks to determine how the pleasures and risks associated with intoxication contribute to shaping the contemporary body.

Here follows a short description of the research project for which Geoffrey Paul Hunt has just received funding from the Danish Council for Independent Research – Social Sciences (FSE).

The project.

The Societal Meanings of the Intoxicated Body: A Qualitative Sociological Study of Alcohol Intoxication, Gender, and Young Adults
Grant recipient: Geoffrey Paul Hunt
Institution: Aarhus University, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences - Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research.
Amount granted: DKK 4,735,986

Project description:

The body, and especially the female body, has become a battlefield for cultural and social discourses. What takes place there is not only a moral battle that greatly influences our perceptions of each other; this battle also contributes to shaping our bodies. Intoxication is one way of altering the body. Women today consume about the same amount of alcohol as men, and women also get drunk in the same way as men. These changes are particularly evident in the younger generation. Accordingly, the research project focuses on younger women between the ages of 18 and 25. Through a study of the alcohol intoxication in young female adults, the project seeks to determine how the pleasures and risks associated with intoxication contribute to shaping the contemporary body. The body is a centre of both pleasures and risks. We know that eating healthy and exercising influence how we perceive of our bodies, but the pleasures and risks associated with intoxication and the consumption of alcohol also influences our self-perception. We need new insights in order to be able to understand these changes that have taken place. The knowledge that we obtain throughout this project is of key value and will be central to both public and scientific debates. Moreover, the insight obtained from studying the group of younger women will enable an understanding of the bodily and social intoxication we are also seeing among other social groups.

Read descriptions of all the projects that received grants (in Danish only).


Further information

Geoffrey Paul Hunt

Geoffrey Paul Hunt
Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences - Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research
Mail: gh@psy.au.dk
Tel.:+45 21 33 54 82

 

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