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Sport and Alcohol

An ethical perspective, 1st Edition

By Carwyn Rh. Jones


160 pages

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There is a clear sense in which sport has played, and continues to play an important role in the normalization and legitimization of routine, excessive and problem drinking; sport and alcohol have become inextricably linked. Alcohol companies provide funding in the form of sponsorship, fans consume alcohol when watching, and players celebrate, bond and relax with alcohol. Sport and Alcohol: an ethical perspective aims to critically examine the various ways in which sport and alcohol interact. 

In doing so, the book casts an ethical eye over the following topics:

  • Society’s relationship with alcohol
  • Sponsorship and marketing of alcohol through sport and its effect on children
  • Sport’s alcohol-tolerant ethos, problematic drinking practices and rituals
  • Punishment and discipline in relation to athletes’ drink-related bad behavior
  • Alcoholism in the context of sport and the need for a greater understanding of the condition, how it develops and what can be done
  • The status of athletes as role models

Offering a much-needed critical assessment of an important issue in contemporary sport and society, Sport and Alcohol is essential reading for those interested in the social, cultural or philosophical study of sport in general and sport and alcohol in particular.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Alcohol and its harms 2. Alcohol and sport 3. Sport and its alcohol ethos 4:. ‘Role models’ and setting a good example 5. Drinking too much and punishment 6. Alcohol abuse, misuse and disorder 7. Footballer and alcoholic: a life story 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Carwyn Rh. Jones is Professor in Sports Ethics at the Cardiff School of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. He was formerly president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and a founding member of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. He is co-editor of Routledge’s The Ethics of Sport Coaching and Cambridge Scholar’s Philosophy of Sport. He has published widely on a broad range of ethical and sociological issues in sport

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Sports Medicine
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports