Intoxication’s “Fake Feeling of Happiness”

Christian Smith

in Lost in Transition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199828029
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919475 | DOI:
Intoxication’s “Fake Feeling of Happiness”

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Nearly all emerging adults occupy a shared culture in which intoxication impinges in one way or another on nearly everyone’s life and thought. What is going on here? Why the need for intoxication? What does it mean? This chapter examines what emerging adults have told researchers in in-depth interviews about drinking and drugs in their lives—accounts that are instructive. It is argued that the common emerging adult quest for intoxication is not an anomaly inexplicable in terms of the larger adult world. Rather, it is rooted in, derived from, and reinforced by many aspects of mainstream American society.

Keywords: emerging adults; young people; intoxication; American society; drinking; drugs

Chapter.  18112 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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