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  • 4/17-New Study Says Listeners of Rap Music More Prone to Substance Abuse

    Listeners of rap are more likely to encounter problems with alcohol, drugs and violence than listeners of other genres, according to a new study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation's (PIRE) Prevention Research Center.

    More than 1,000 community college students, age 15-25, participated in the study, titled "Music, Substance Use and Aggression." The students were questioned on their music listening habits, alcohol use, illicit drug use and aggressive behaviors, such as getting into fights and attacking or threatening others.

    The results found that rap was consistently associated with alcohol use, potential alcohol use disorder, illicit drug use and aggressive behavior.

    The study, published in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, also found that young people who listen to reggae and techno use more alcohol and illicit drugs than listeners of other music, with the exception of rap.

    Rap topped all other genres in association to alcohol and drug use and aggression.

    The results, which were not affected by the respondents' gender or ethnicity, should raise eyebrows, said lead author Meng-Jinn Chen, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Center.

    "People should be concerned about rap and Hip-Hop being used to market alcoholic beverages, given the alcohol, drug and aggression problems among listeners," Meng-Jinn said. "That's particularly true considering the popularity of rap and Hip-Hop among young people."

    Hip-Hop artists have been featured in advertisements for malt liquor and other alcohol products, while urban radio is regularly used for alcohol advertising.

    Meng-Jinn added, "While we don't fully understand the relationship between music preferences and behavioral outcomes, our study shows that young people may be influenced by frequent exposure to music lyrics that make positive references to substance abuse and violence."

    Researchers emphasize that the survey's results can't determine whether listening to certain genres leads to alcohol or illicit drug use or aggressive behavior.

    However, young people with tendencies to use alcohol or illicit drugs or to be aggressive may be drawn to particular music styles.

    Recent studies of popular music revealed that nearly half of rap/Hip-Hop songs mentioned alcohol, compared to 10 percent or less of other popular genres.

    Nearly two-thirds of rap songs mentioned illicit drugs, compared with one-tenth of songs from other genres. Rap and rock music videos depict violence twice as often as other music genres.

    AmericanBrandstand.com, a web site that tracks the number of times products are mentioned in music, reported that Hennessy was the highest ranking alcohol brand in 2005, ranking sixth overall in a list of products mentioned by artists.

    The brand was mentioned 44 times, nine more than Cristal, which ranked eighth.

    The study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which sponsors the PIRE Prevention Research Center, a national nonprofit public health research institute.
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  • #2
    thats why black people are gonna be extinct and white girls are joinin that shit too lol
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    • #3
      hmm niot necessarily true...i dont do drugs

      Plus look at the emo kids...there slitting there wrists...is that better?
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      • #4
        Bull fucking shit. The people I know with major weed/alcohol problems listen to rock or that harcore shit. I doubt it's just one genre.
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        • #5
          There are three types of untruths: Lies, stats and studies.


          My Top 5 Personal Favorite Rappers:

          1. Slug (of Atmosphere)
          2. Eminem
          3. Brother Ali
          4. Ludacris
          5. The Streets (Mike Skinner)

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          • #6
            For the record - I've been a hip hop fan since I was 7, and I don't do drugs, drink alchohol or even smoke. And the last time I had a fight was in 2002.


            My Top 5 Personal Favorite Rappers:

            1. Slug (of Atmosphere)
            2. Eminem
            3. Brother Ali
            4. Ludacris
            5. The Streets (Mike Skinner)

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            • #7
              I was prone to that shit because of my god damn enviroment, and thats what it is. Enviroment.

              These people get dumber and dumber.

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              • #8
                it's not hiphop ===> alcohol
                it's alcohol ===> hear alcohol in hiphop ===> hiphop
                My last.fm profile

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                • #9
                  What a fuckin' surprise haha
                  Vexx, bitch.

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                  • #10
                    Whatever. Weed expands your mind so who cares?

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                    • #11
                      Environment doesn't cause substance abuse. It's almost soley genetic.
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                      • #12
                        cuz we all know that 1000 college students represent the entire rap community. Especially the 15 year old included in the study. Why the fuck are any 15 year old college students even participating in studies like this. He probably uses drugs so that he can stay awake all night and study physics.

                        A more likely reason is that these 1000 college students just use drugs because they are college students... some of whom happen to like rap.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Essanai
                          For the record - I've been a hip hop fan since I was 7, and I don't do drugs, drink alchohol or even smoke. And the last time I had a fight was in 2002.
                          Similiar here!
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                          • #14
                            that's pretty ghey, just another excuse to hate on hip hop
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ethan20
                              Environment doesn't cause substance abuse. It's almost soley genetic.
                              lol.

                              Despite what everyone says, I believe the articles true to a certain degree.
                              Last edited by Jasko; 04-17-2006, 11:40 AM.

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