Well, perhaps I did have a glass of wine or two while attending the International Communication Association (ICA) conference in Seattle a few weeks ago. I use the word “nondrinking” with regard to a paper accepted to ICA which I co-authored with my colleagues (listed below!) entitled Neither Shaken Nor Stirred: How Professionals Who Abstain From Alcohol Communicatively Negotiate Their Nondrinking Identity.
This research helped uncover communication tools available to those who do not drink for managing their nondrinking identity and stigma they may face in the workplace. Additionally, this project helped me clarify my research interest in interpersonal communication about substance use/abuse and addiction. I will be exploring this further for my thesis, which I’m starting this summer.
At ICA, I attended sessions about topics such as stigma and mental illness and top health communication papers, and met researchers from across the world who are researching similar to me. Overall, my first academic conference was a success! Thanks to the NCSU Department of Communication for funding to attend the conference and to Dr. Lynsey Romo for the opportunity to work on the project.