Posted in General Sociology

Alcoholism – a middle class problem?

The working class and young are often vilified for being deviant but increasing research identifies that the middle class are drinking more:

Main points (taken from ONS)

  • In Great Britain, 57.0% of Opinions and Lifestyle Survey respondents aged 16 years and over in 2017 drank alcohol, which equates to 29.2 million people in the population.
  • Young people aged 16 to 24 years in Great Britain are less likely to drink than any other age group; when they do drink, consumption on their heaviest drinking day tends to be higher than other ages.
  • 20.4% of survey respondents reported that they did not drink alcohol at all.
  • England had the highest proportion of adults who said they drank alcohol in the previous week (57.8%), followed by Scotland (53.5%) and then Wales (50.0%); of the English regions, among consumers of alcohol, binge drinking was more common in the North West and least common in the South East.
  • People working in managerial and professional occupations, in addition to the highest earners, were most likely to say they drank alcohol in the past week.



Posted in A2 crime and deviance, AS Sociology: Education, Uncategorized

Crime and Deviance/Education: excellent podcast episode

If you get the chance to listen to this, I would recommend it. Malcolm Gladwell explores the huge obstacles placed in the way of higher intelligent American children – it really supports the ‘myth of meritocracy’ thesis:

Carlos Doesn’t Remember

By Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply

Of the tens of thousands of talented, low-income students who graduate from high school every year in the United States, most never make it to universities appropriate to their gifts. America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.