This episode of the Club Soda webinar series features a discussion with Sally Sanger, a qualitative researcher. She will be sharing findings from her recently completed PhD work on non-12-step alcohol online support groups (AOSGs) and their impact on users’ beliefs about problem drinking. The talk will explore the ways groups change, develop or reinforce specific ideas, and their more holistic impact on perceptions of the self-as-drinker and problem drinking overall. She will discuss the information behaviours online that bring the changes about. In addition, if time allows, Sally will outline her proposed future research project on older people and positive sobriety.
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Sally Sanger, Information School, University of Sheffield.
Sally Sanger is a qualitative researcher who has recently submitted her PhD thesis on non-12-step alcohol online support groups in the Information School, University of Sheffield. She is particularly interested in online forms of support, the positive sobriety movement and older people’s drinking. Sally worked for over 20 years in the NHS as a patient information manager including 10 years as manager of the Leicestershire Health Information Network. She also worked as an Information and Support Services Advisor for Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2013 she returned to academia to do an MSc in Health Informatics at University College London which led on to the PhD at Sheffield. She hopes to do post-doctoral research on positive sobriety and older people.
Claire Davey, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Claire is a full-time PhD research student and recipient of the University Research Scholarship at Canterbury Christ Church University. She is currently researching women’s experiences of entering sobriety through online recovery communities, particularly seeking to understand how sobriety influences performances of gender and sexuality. Claire formerly completed her MA (Dist.) at Birkbeck College, University of London in Gender, Sexuality & Culture (2018). She is a member of the Drinking Studies Network and participates in its cross-disciplinary research clusters.