EXARC Journal (Feb 2014)

From Mead to Snakebite - An Ethnography of Modern British University Sports Team Drinking Culture and its Parallels with the Drinking Rituals of the Viking World

  • Matt Austin

Journal volume & issue
no. 2014/1


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The idea for this paper came, as these things often do, in a bar. The interesting twist was that instead of being an inebriated patron, I was actually working behind the bar observing the scenes of intoxicated students with a bemused expression. What began as a joke shared with a colleague, comparing the sights of drunken debauchery with the images of rowdy Viking drinking depicted in the Old Norse sagas, eventually developed into a more serious consideration and long-term reflection of the observable similarities in drinking culture.