Booze and CHAT: The Value of using Cultural Historical Activity Theory to Contextualize Alcohol Drinking throughout the Lifespan

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Steeves, Dannie
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Mount Saint Vincent University
The activity of alcohol drinking is omnipresent in society. The tools of alcohol use surround us on a daily basis, impacting our lives and our culture. Few have not been touched by the power of alcohol. Yet, the way in which alcohol drinking develops as a learned behavior through the lifespan is still not properly understood and the current means of contextualizing alcohol drinking through the lifespan are lacking. This thesis argues that cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) is superior to individually biased philosophies (IBP) and socially biased philosophies (SBP) in examining the multitude of vectors that converge to create alcohol drinking activity throughout the lifespan. Through the analysis of three distinct alcohol drinking activity case studies, it is demonstrated that IBP and SBP lack the depth and breadth to bring a detailed understanding of what is happening. Then through the analysis of the same three distinct alcohol drinking activity case studies it is demonstrated that CHAT is the greater means of analysis.
Alcohol , Cultural historical activity theory , Drinking , Society