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Alcohol, diabetes and the student body

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Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions of adolescence and young adulthood. It is characterized by a demanding and complex management regime. Individuals with diabetes must engage in continual self-care actions if they are to minimize their risks of developing long-term diabetes' complications. Research has demonstrated, however, that many young adults experience difficulties engaging in these types of practice, and indeed often engage in practices that are risky for their diabetes control. Narrative approaches could provide important insights into the reasons why young people engage in risky activities. In this article, the narratives of a particular group of young adults with Type 1 diabetes (university students) are examined to see what social and spatial factors underlie their risky alcohol consumption practices. This paper contributes to geographical research on risk and chronic illness, and to understandings of the interactions between bodies, spaces and risk.

Keywords: Diabetes; alcohol; consumption; risk; space; student; young adult

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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