Experts have warned that the widespread use of references to drinking and alcohol in some of the popular songs may be encouraging children to drink.
Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University analyzed the music charts of four focal years over the last four decades and found that that references to alcohol and drinking in songs went down between 1981 and 1991 with the music scene linking more to Ecstasy than alcohol.
AdvertisementHowever it rose to eight percent in 2001 and more than doubled to 18.5 percent in 2011. The study has been published in the journal Psychology of Music.
"A greater understanding of the impacts of alcohol-related popular music content on young listeners is urgently needed. Health and other professionals should be vigilant for increases in alcohol-related lyrics and work to ensure that popular music does not become a medium for reinforcing and extending cultures of intoxication and alcohol-related harm", the researchers wrote in their report.