Sveriges sociologförbund
Sveriges sociologförbund

Substance use

Substance use

Substance use is socially patterned and societies often have a distinction between which types of substances (e.g. alcohol, tobacco, narcotics and prescribed drugs) and which behaviours related to it that are accepted. This creates a polarization between normalized and stigmatized use which could have large consequences for the individual, e.g. for life chances and health. On an aggregated level, different types of use varies between different population groups, e.g. by gender, ethnicity, age, socio-economic level, rural-urban classification. The degree to which the use affects other aspects of life also differs largely between these groups, creating inequality in society which could further strengthen the negative impact on the individual. Although substance use tends to differ by culture, it is not static and social changes constantly re-write how we perceive use and related behaviours. This working group welcomes research on alcohol, drugs and tobacco and related behaviours.

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