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Teens Who Listen to High-Volume Music at Greater Risk of Substance Abuse


Teens and young adults who listen to high-volume digital music with ear buds, or who visit music venues such as clubs or concerts, are at greater risk of substance abuse than their peers who don’t engage in so-called risky music-listening behaviors, according to a new study.

Young people who listen to loud music with ear buds are almost twice as likely to smoke marijuana as those who do not listen to music on MP3 players, the Los Angeles Times reports. Teens and young adults who attend loud concerts and dance clubs are almost six times as likely as those who don’t frequent these venues to have had five or more alcoholic drinks in a row at some point in the previous month, the study found. They are also twice as likely to have sex without using a condom every time.

Researchers in the Netherlands surveyed 944 low-income students at two vocational schools, who ranged in age from 15 to 25. “This study highlights the need to regard high-volume music listening as a risk factor for risk-taking behavior,” they wrote in the journal Pediatrics. They suggested the findings could lead to practical interventions, such as handing out condoms and earplugs at concerts, or printing messages about alcohol abuse on concert ticket stubs.

8 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of RankineCycle
    RankineCycle / May 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Alcohol enhances socialization. Cannabis enhances music listening. Pretty well known and easy to figure out. I wonder how many of the people who did not participate in such social/musical functions or use any of the drugs were boring hermits who hold resentment towards people who have more fun than they do?

  2. Avatar of Lisa
    Lisa / May 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

    This is not only silly, nothing about it is generalizable.

  3. Michael Abbott / May 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Really- this is supposed to be important information. Are we going to conclude that if loud music is illegal, kids won’t use drugs. Come on- really.

  4. Avatar of Rick
    Rick / May 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This study brought to you by the same people who brought us the frightenting study on pickles. Apparently there is 100% mortality rate amongst people who eat pickles on a regular basis.

  5. Fred C / May 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    What about blue jeans, don’t more people wearing blue jeans use drugs more than those wearing suits? Maybe blue jeans are the cause of the drug plague.

  6. Avatar of dkt
    dkt / May 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Did they do the same survey with 944 students who were not low income?

  7. Robert / May 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    are you kidding me? Who comes up with this stuff? Don’t forgete that if they get out of bed on the left side they have a 50/50 chance they’ll walk into a wall and crave pain killers!! This is a joke.

  8. mx / May 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    does anybody know the ages of the people responsible for this research?

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