Media studies

Ask your students to analyse the instances of drinking in their normal week's television viewing. How do the characters use alcohol? Is it celebratory? (Champagne at the conclusion of a garden makeover?) Is it social - depicted as an activity which holds a community together? Is it solitary? (Someone has a problem) Is drinking ever depicted as a satisfactory solution to such problems? Is drink choice used to help characterisation? Do "good" characters drink differently from "bad" characters? Is under-age drinking ever condoned? Does excessive drinking always lead to trouble? Does TV promote sensible drinking?

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