When out drinking, young people aim to get drunk, have fun with their friends, and, importantly, sober up before they need to go home.
The researchers identified eight groups of friends covering a mix of social class, gender and education, using data from the Belfast Youth Development Study.
The 41 participants – aged 18 or 19 when interviewed – were asked about their drinking between the ages of 12 and 18.
At the same time, even teens who indicate that social media has had an impact on their relationship (whether for good or for bad) tend to feel that its impact is relatively modest in the grand scheme of things.
Among teen social media users with relationship experience: Boys are a bit more likely than girls to view social media as a space for emotional and logistical connection with their significant other.
In this way, the researchers construct a picture of the groups’ drinking culture and how it developed as the friends grew older.
The report: Underage drinking is a social activity, usually undertaken by small groups of close friends, well away from parents and other adults.
If you’re a teenager with epilepsy, you probably have all sorts of questions about how epilepsy could affect your life.
For example, will you be able to go on holiday with friends, go to concerts and clubs and drink alcohol?
This study explored the social aspect of teenage drinking and how drinking cultures emerge and evolve within groups. While curiosity may drive their initial desire to try alcohol, it is the pleasurable effects of being drunk that underpin their continued consumption.
They like the way alcohol helps you have fun, makes you lose your inhibitions, gives you more confidence and status in front of other teenagers, and the risk and excitement associated with it.
Your first seizure Epilepsy Action would like to thank epilepsy specialist nurses Roz Atkinson, Janine Winterbottom and Carmel Mc Ginn of Cardiff, Liverpool and County Fermanagh for their valuable contributions to this information.