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HHS HealthBeat (May 9, 2014)

Listening and bingeing

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates young people who like or own songs mentioning alcohol brands are more likely to binge drink.

Researcher Brian Primack of the University of Pittsburgh looked at survey data on more than 2,500 people ages 15 to 23. They got a list of songs with alcohol brand references and were asked which they liked or owned. They also were asked about their drinking.

Primack grouped them based on how many songs they liked or owned:

“Compared with those in the low group, those in the high group had about twice the odds of ever bingeing.”

Primack can’t be sure whether the music influenced people to binge or bingers preferred the music.

The study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 9, 2014