“I’m Not an Alcoholic, I’m Australian”: An Exploration of Alcohol Discourse in Facebook Groups

  • Sarah Posner
  • Dennis Wollersheim
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6984)


This paper discusses alcohol discourse characteristics in alcohol related Facebook groups, through a discourse analysis of their wall posts and discussion sections. We created an analytical framework to analyse the content. Our findings on alcohol culture and binge drinking were similar to that stated in existing literature. This study raises important questions about how online discussions on alcohol are creating unhealthy online drinking communities, and how this impacts actual drinking patterns.


Binge Drinking Social Networking Site Discourse Analysis Wall Post Underage Drinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Posner
    • 1
  • Dennis Wollersheim
    • 1
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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