Maggie Brady, Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, PO Box 553, Canberra, ACT2601, Australia.
Giving away the grog: an ethnography of Aboriginal drinkers who quit without help
Version of Record online: 29 MAY 2009
1993 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 401–411, October 1993
How to Cite
BRADY, M. (1993), Giving away the grog: an ethnography of Aboriginal drinkers who quit without help. Drug and Alcohol Review, 12: 401–411. doi: 10.1080/09595239300185501
- Issue online: 29 MAY 2009
- Version of Record online: 29 MAY 2009
The paper presents preliminary findings from a qualitative study of Australian Aboriginal men who have stopped drinking without the assistance of residential treatment, counselling or other programs. Main reasons advanced by interviewees for ceasing drinking were one or more of: medical condition and/or doctor's warning; family factors; trauma from accidents; conversion to Christianity. The author concludes that employment both helps and hinders abstention from drinking, and that social ties often pose major difficulties for those trying to give up drinking. The paper also discusses the importance of Aboriginal beliefs regarding personal autonomy.