Does Rap Music Lead To Drug Problems?
Excerpt from www.eurweb.com (Apr. 19, 2006) *Folks who listen to hip hop are more prone to abuse drug and alcohol than listeners of other music genres, according to new data collected from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s (PIRE) Prevention Research Center. Their study of more than 1,000 community college students age 15-25 showed that rap was consistently associated with alcohol use, potential alcohol use disorder, illicit drug use and aggressive behaviour. The research 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 music categories in association to alcohol and drug use and aggression, and researchers note that the results had nothing to do with the respondents’ gender or race. “People should be concerned about rap and hip hop being used to market alcoholic beverages, given the alcohol, drug and aggression problems among listeners,” said le