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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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SETLALENTOA, Marilyn; RYKE, Elma  and  STRYDOM, Herman. The influence of binge drinking on social support networks. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2014, vol.50, n.3, pp.349-370. ISSN 2312-7198.

People and environments influence each other, negatively and positively. The abuse of alcohol affects any network negatively. The concepts "social support" and "networks" are described to demonstrate the interdependence and interrelatedness of systems and how they are affected by binge drinking. The emphasis is on the type of support, recipient perception, reciprocal support and behaviour of providers. Social support is important for the optimal functioning of social support networks and binge drinking could inhibit provision of such support and lead to social dysfunctioning. In order to address the problem of alcohol abuse an appropriate, relevant, holistic multidisciplinary intervention strategy is needed.

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