Pop Music Encourages Binge Drinking: Study

“What are you lookin’ at?”If you want an interesting people-watching experience–and if you really want to see what binge drinking looks like–park yourself in London’s Soho right behing the John Gielgud Theatre on a Saturday night. It’s equal parts fascinating and horrifying.

Binge drinking is an acknowledged problem in the UK, especially among young people. And a new study that part of the blame can be placed on pop music. And it causes them to have more sex.

Yeah, yeah, I know.  This is the same shite we’ve heard since 1953.  I’m just reporting.  From The Daily Mail.

Pop songs which refer to alcohol brands could be encouraging young people to binge drink and have sex, experts have warned.

Almost a quarter of chart music lyrics over a three-year period mentioned booze, analysts said.

Four brands of spirits – Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka, and Jack Daniel’s whiskey – made up more than half of specific references to labels.

Read on.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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