Movie Drinking Influences Teens
Watching too many movies that show people drinking may increase the odds that junior high schools students will experiment with alcohol, say Dartmouth Medical School researchers.
They found that junior high school students in New Hampshire and Vermont who viewed numerous movie scenes featuring alcohol use were more than three times as likely to try alcohol than peers who saw few such scenes, the Associated Press reports.
The study is the first to focus on the effect that drinking in movies has on teens. It was presented at a symposium on substance abuse. Previous research examining the effects of alcohol advertising on teens has produced conflicting findings.
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