On this date in 2012, Erasmus MC University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, announced they had drawn clear links between listening to loud music, smoking marijuana, and having sex without condoms.
“I think they’ve really shown that sex and drugs go with rock and roll,” said Dr. Sharon Levy, head of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital who wasn’t involved in the new study.
The study, published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, revealed that young people who often listened to loud music on MP3 players were twice as likely to have used pot in the last month.
And those who were frequently exposed to music at clubs and concerts were six times more likely than people who weren’t to binge drink and twice as likely to have risky sex with inconsistent condom use. Club—and concert—goers also happened to be less likely to smoke pots than other youths.
“We know that high-risk behaviors certainly run together, so in some ways it’s not a big surprise,” Levy told Reuters Health.
“It’s really an important reminder that these risk behaviours, they really go together,” Levy said. But, “I don’t think that we’re at the point that we should say, ‘Boy, you should really cut down MP3 player use’—we should because of the hearing loss, but I don’t think there’s any evidence that’s going to affect other risky behaviours at this point.”
The researchers, surveyed 944 students from inner-city vocational schools aged 15 to 25.
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