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Alcohol Consumption in Norway: A mixed-methods approach

The overall aim of the study is to increase knowledge about alcohol use in Norway. We will investigate drinking patterns, and binge drinking in particular: the predictors, stability, consequences and secular trends of such patterns, as well as young adult drinking cultures.

About the project

The project will "increase knowledge of alcohol consumption, drinking patterns and alcohol problems" (Norwegian Research Council’s Work Plan on Alcohol and Drug Research, p. 8). We will conduct studies on four aspects of alcohol use: (i) longitudinal predictors and consequences of drinking patterns; (ii) secular trends in alcohol use; (iii) drinking cultures; and (iv) the relationship between licensed premises and prevalence of violence. We will employ a variety of theoretical approaches and use different types of data.

In a sub-study, we will investigate whether locations and characteristics of pubs and bars are related to the prevalence of violence in downtown Oslo. We will use existing unique datasets, such as longitudinal cohorts with self-reported information combined with registers, repeated large-scale cross-sectional datasets, a large database with qualitative interviews and finally so-called geodata, whereby we combine data with exact locations of bars and pubs with data on exact locations of reported crimes. Below are the four sub-themes.

  1. Binge drinking: pathways, vulnerable sub-segments and consequences
  2. Secular trends and the theory of "the collectivity of drinking cultures
  3. Binge drinking: Ritual dimensions, norms, the importance of social contexts
  4. Spatial distribution of licensed alcohol premises, violence and crime in Oslo

The full project description in pdf

Funding scheme

The total grant award was for NOK 5 865 000.

Project period

2014 - 2019


  • Sébastien Tutenges; Sveinung Sandberg & Willy Pedersen (2019). Sexually violent effervescence: Understanding sexual assault among youth. Sexualities.  ISSN 1363-4607.
  • Sveinung Sandberg; Sébastien Tutenges & Willy Pedersen (2019). Drinking stories as a narrative genre: The five classic themes. Acta Sociologica.  ISSN 0001-6993.
  • Willy Pedersen (2019). Fatal attraction: A narrative of early opioid addiction. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.  ISSN 1455-0725.  36, s 470- 481
  • Sveinung Sandberg; Heith Copes & Willy Pedersen (2019). When peaceful people fight: Beyond neutralization and subcultural theory. British Journal of Criminology.  ISSN 0007-0955.  59, s 1309- 1327
  • Adrian Farner Rogne; Willy Pedersen & Anders Bakken (2019). Immigration and the decline in adolescent binge drinking. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  ISSN 0376-8716.  203, s 35- 43
  • Margareth Vaynman; Sveinung Sandberg & Willy Pedersen (2019). 'Locker room talk': Male bonding and sexual degradation in drinking stories. Culture, Health and Sexuality.  ISSN 1369-1058.  s 1- 18
  • Willy Pedersen (2017). Ungdommens rusdelte Oslo, In Jørn Ljunggren (ed.),  Oslo - ulikhetenes by.  Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 9788202521615.  Kapittel 13.  s 293 - 306
  • Patrick Lie Andersen; Willy Pedersen & Anders Bakken (2017). Russetid i Oslo. Hvem deltar? Hvem feirer hardest?, In Jørn Ljunggren (ed.),  Oslo - ulikhetenes by.  Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 9788202521615.  Kapittel 14.  s 307 - 323
  • Frøydis Enstad; Willy Pedersen; Wendy Nilsen & Tilmann von Soest (2017). Predicting early onset of intoxication versus drinking—A population-based prospective study of Norwegian adolescents. Addictive Behaviors Reports.  ISSN 2352-8532.  6, s 1- 7
  • Marit Edland-Gryt; Sveinung Sandberg & Willy Pedersen (2017). From ecstasy to MDMA: Recreational drug use, symbolic boundaries and drug trends. International journal of drug policy.  ISSN 0955-3959.  50
  • Willy Pedersen; Sébastien Tutenges & Sveinung Sandberg (2017). The pleasures of drunken one-night stands: Assemblage theory and narrative environments. International journal of drug policy.  ISSN 0955-3959.  49, s 160- 167
  • Willy Pedersen; Anders Bakken & Tilmann von Soest (2017). Neighborhood or School? Influences on Alcohol Consumption and Heavy Episodic Drinking Among Urban Adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  ISSN 0047-2891.  s 1- 15
  • Lars Roar Frøyland & Tilmann von Soest (2017). Trends in the Perpetration of Physical Aggression among Norwegian Adolescents 2007-2015. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  ISSN 0047-2891.  s 1- 14
  • Willy Pedersen (2016). Rus, ritualer og regulering, In Lise Kjølsrød & Ivar Frønes (ed.),  Det norske samfunn.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-49021-5.  Kapittel 36.  s 205 - 225
  • Eivind Grip Fjær; Willy Pedersen & Sveinung Sandberg (2016). Party on wheels: mobile party spaces in the Norwegian high school graduation celebration. British Journal of Sociology.  ISSN 0007-1315.  67, s 328- 347
  • Eivind Grip Fjær; Willy Pedersen; Tilmann von Soest & Paul Gray (2016). When is it OK to be drunk? Situational and cultural variations in the acceptability of visible intoxication in the UK and Norway. International journal of drug policy.  ISSN 0955-3959.  29, s 27- 32
  • Willy Pedersen & Anders Bakken (2016). Urban landscapes of adolescent substance use. Acta Sociologica.  ISSN 0001-6993.  59, s 131- 150
  • Willy Pedersen; Heith Copes & Sveinung Sandberg (2016). Alcohol and violence in nightlife and party settings: a qualitative study. Drug and Alcohol Review.  ISSN 0959-5236.  35, s 557- 563
  • Willy Pedersen; Eivind Grip Fjær; Paul Gray & Tilmann von Soest (2016). Perceptions of harms associated with tobacco, alcohol and cannabis in students from the UK and Norway. Contemporary Drug Problems.  ISSN 0091-4509.  43, s 47- 61
  • Willy Pedersen; Sveinung Sandberg & Heith Copes (2015). High Speed: Amphetamine Use in the Context of Conventional Culture. Deviant Behavior.  ISSN 0163-9625.  36, s 146- 165
  • Willy Pedersen & Tilmann von Soest (2015). Adolescent Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking: An 18-year Trend Study of Prevalence and Correlates. Alcohol and Alcoholism.  ISSN 0735-0414.  50, s 219- 225
  • Eivind Grip Fjær & Willy Pedersen (2015). Drinking and moral order: drunken comportment revisited. Addiction Research and Theory.  ISSN 1606-6359.  23, s 449- 458
  • Willy Pedersen & Tilmann von Soest (2015). Which substance is most dangerous? Perceived harm ratings among students in urban and rural Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.  ISSN 1403-4948.  43, s 385- 392
  • Willy Pedersen; Anders Bakken & Tilmann von Soest (2015). Adolescents from affluent city districts drink more alcohol than others. Addiction.  ISSN 0965-2140.  110, s 1595- 1604
  • Eivind Grip Fjær; Willy Pedersen & Sveinung Sandberg (2015). “I’m Not One of Those Girls”: Boundary-Work and the Sexual Double Standard in a Liberal Hookup Context. Gender & Society.  ISSN 0891-2432.  29, s 960- 981

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  • Adrian Farner Rogne; Willy Pedersen & Anders Bakken (2019). Innvandring har gitt mindre ungdomsfyll. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.  s 37- 37
  • Willy Pedersen (2017). Drug policy in Norway.
  • Willy Pedersen (2017). Rus i Oslo.
  • Willy Pedersen (2017). Ruspolitikk i Norge.
  • Willy Pedersen (2017). Rus i Norge: Hva kan glede oss over? Hva bør bekymre oss?.
  • Willy Pedersen (2017). Norsk ruspolitikk.
  • Willy Pedersen (2017). Russetid.
  • Willy Pedersen (2017). Rus i Nordnorge.
  • Willy Pedersen (2016). Willy Pedersen leser Tore Renberg om alkohol.
  • Willy Pedersen (2016). Rus på Nordvestlandet.
  • Willy Pedersen (2016). Ruspolitikk i endring.
  • Willy Pedersen (2016). Rus i Norge.
  • Torbjørn Skardhamar; S. Hart; Silje Bringsrud Fekjær & Willy Pedersen (2016). Changes in night-time economy and the concentration of violent events.
  •  (2014). Tror avhold kan bli trendy.

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Tags: Alcohol, alcoholism
Published Aug. 17, 2015 1:54 PM - Last modified Oct. 24, 2019 11:25 AM