• Marilyn Setlalentoa North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa
  • Elma Ryke North West University
  • Herman Strydom North West University



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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Author Biographies

Marilyn Setlalentoa, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa

Dr Marilyn Setlalentoa, School of Social Sciences, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus

Elma Ryke, North West University

Prof Elma Ryke, School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences (Social Work) Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

Herman Strydom, North West University

School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences (Social Work) Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa.


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How to Cite

Setlalentoa, M., Ryke, E., & Strydom, H. (2014). THE INFLUENCE OF BINGE DRINKING ON SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORKS. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 50(3).




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