British youth abroad: some observations on the social context of binge drinking in Ibiza

Daniel Briggs (School of Law, University of East London, Stratford, London, UK)
Tim Turner (Undergraduate Criminology, Department of Social and Community Studies, Coventry University, UK)
Kerri David (University of East London, UK)
Tara De Courcey (University of East London, UK)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Publication date: 4 April 2011


There is an immense public health concern about the effects of binge drinking across the Western world, in particular about British youth on holiday abroad. While existing UK research has shed some light on binge drinking and its consequences, this has largely been restricted to surveys. Therefore, an analysis of the social context of British youth and binge drinking abroad currently remains absent. This article attempts to fill that gap by offering an insight into the social context of binge drinking in a holiday resort in Ibiza. It is based on ethnographic fieldwork and makes use of one field note to highlight what Hunt and colleagues (2010) refer to as ‘important relationships between youth, pleasure and context’, to explore the social interactions of binge‐drinking British youth abroad.



Briggs, D., Turner, T., David, K. and De Courcey, T. (2011), "British youth abroad: some observations on the social context of binge drinking in Ibiza", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 26-35.

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