Gerhard Gmel, Swiss Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and other Drug Problems, Lausanne, Switzerland; Jürgen Rehm, Social Prevention and Health Policy Research Department, Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto, Canada; Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada.
The empirical testability of Skog's theory of collective drinking behaviour
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
2000 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 391–399, December 2000
How to Cite
GMEL, G. and REHM, J. (2000), The empirical testability of Skog's theory of collective drinking behaviour. Drug and Alcohol Review, 19: 391–399. doi: 10.1080/713659432
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
- Received 26 October 1999; revised version 27 January 2000; accepted for publication 8 June 2000.
- collective drinking behaviour;
- Skog's theory
The objects of this study we (1) to review systematically Skog's theory of collective drinking behaviour and its interpretations by alcohol researchers, and (2) to give examples of how Skog's theory and these different interpretations have been empirically tested and to indicate how they might be tested. Based on a computer-aided search of the literature, a reconstruction of the theory and possible alternative interpretations is provided. Different interpretations of Skog's theory are possible and can be found in the literature. Surprisingly, there is little empirical evidence, especially recent evidence, to support Skog's key assumptions. Suggestions for further research are given.