Front, side, and back-loading: patrons' rationales for consuming alcohol purchased off-premises before, during, or after attending nightclubs

Alasdair Forsyth

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Abstract

This research aimed to examine motivations for consumption of alcohol purchased off-trade when visiting on-trade licensed premises. In-depth interviews were conducted with nightclub patrons who also completed a drinking diary, detailing the time and place their previous week's alcohol consumption. Drinking before entering nightclubs was the norm, although the location and extent of this `front-loading' varied. Consuming alcohol purchased elsewhere while attending nightclubs (`side-loading') or continued drinking after leaving these premises (`back-loading') were reported much less frequently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-41
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • drinking behaviour
  • alcohol
  • nightclubs

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