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A global analysis of the pre-drinking and DGs behaviours of adolescents and young people. (Ref: RDF22/HLS/SWECW/MCINNES)

   Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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  Dr Alison McInnes  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Pre-drinking, drinking games (DGs) and alcohol use have become normalised in populations of adolescents and young adults globally. Alcohol is viewed as crucial for a good night out and adolescents and young adults deliberately accelerate their pre-drinking, by participating in DGs. This study is significant as pre-drinking and DGs are common risky practices, with limited cross-country studies to date researching this subject. Young people often feel they are invincible, and they do not fully appreciate the risks and adverse effects of DGs. They simply drink to have fun and be sociable and there is a need to investigate the wider cultural and social imperatives shaping participation in DGs, including pre-drinking and pre-partying, and the pleasures and freedoms associated with drinking alcohol.  This proposed studentship will complement previous studies (McInnes & Blackwell, 2021) and current research on ‘Drinking games and pre-drinking among young adults: International Perspectives’, which have proven methodologies and interesting findings worthy of further investigation. The main objectives of this studentship will be to investigate pre-drinking and DGs participation among adolescents and young adults globally. From a Public Health perspective, the competitive consumption, team based DGs warrants further investigation. Therefore, the following topics of analysis will be pertinent to this studentship:

  • Social and cultural determinants of pre-drinking and/or DGs behaviours.
  • Motives specific to pre-drinking and/or playing DGs.
  • An event-specific assessment of pre-drinking and/or DGs behaviours.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see 

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF22/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 18 February 2022

Start Date: 1 October 2022

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff and students. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

Informal enquiries to Dr Alison McInnes ([Email Address Removed]).

Funding Notes

Each studentship supports a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2021/22 full-time study this is £15,609 per year) and full tuition fees. UK and international (including EU) candidates may apply.
Studentships are available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £9,365 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities.
Please also read the full funding notes which include advice for international and part-time applicants.


McInnes, A. and Blackwell, D. (2021) Drinking games among university students in five countries: Participation rates, game type, contexts, and motives to play. Addictive Behaviors, 119,
McInnes, A. and Blackwell, D. (2017) Self-reported perceptions of weight and eating behaviour of school children in Sunderland, England. Frontiers in Public Health.
McInnes, A. and Blackwell, D. (2013) Still Saints. An analysis of the drinking trends of school age children in Sunderland. Education and Health. 31,2.
McInnes, A. and Blackwell, D. (2010a) Saints not sinners? Young people bucking the trend of binge drinking. An analysis of the drinking trends of school age children in Sunderland. Drugs: education, prevention & policy. 17,6.
McInnes, A. and Blackwell, D. (2010b) An analysis of the drinking trends of school children in Sunderland. Education and Health. 28,2.
McBride, A. (2020) ‘High Spirits: Young Women’s Pleasure in the Night-Time Economy’, PhD thesis, Northumbria University, Newcastle.
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