Loud Music Linked To Drug Use

Researchers have proven that young people who listen to loud music are more likely to take drugs, binge drink and have unprotected sex.

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Researchers may have proven the old theory that loud music makes young people more likely to smoke weed, drink beer and have unprotected sex.

A university in Rotterdam surveyed 944 students aged 15-25 and compared their listening habits and social behavior.

They found that those listening to loud music on MP3 players were twice as likely to use cannabis in the last month, and those who listened at clubs were six times more likely to binge drink and twice as likely to have unprotected sex. However, the club-goers were less likely to smoke weed.

"I think they've really shown that sex and drugs go with rock and roll," said Dr. Sharon Levy after the Chicago Tribune showed her the study, though the research doesn't specify which genre the students listened to.

Levy says it is too early to conclude that loud music is to blame. "We know that high-risk behaviors certainly run together, so in some ways it's not a big surprise," she added.

The study might seem unsurprising, but as scientists are keen to point out, correlation does not prove causation. That means these behaviors might be influenced by an external factor rather than proving that loud music causes anything, though it would suggest that sex, drugs and loud music can often go hand-in-hand.

Hearing loss remains the only proven problem with listening to loud music, with many subjects in the study listening to music at levels which could cause long-term damage to their hearing.

Does loud music lead to this sort of behavior, or is it just part of being a young person in the modern world? Share your theories in the comments.

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    GrungeHippie26
    Several other things that drug users do is breathe, walk, take showers, sleep, but i guess if a druggie does it, then its bad.
    Nero Galon
    Two average 16 year olds walking down a street: -Hmm, can you hear that? -Yeah what is that? -Sounds like loud music to me... -Yeah it does - MUST DO DRUGS!!!!! - MUST... HAVE... UNPROTECTED SEX!@!!
    link no1
    The survey is just retarded.
    944 students aged 15-25
    Most people of that age are doing drugs and drinking heavily, the point that they are listening to loud music aswell is irrelevant.
    TerriThrash
    Hasn't there been like hundreds of surveys just like this, and they all get the same results...
    spiff-corgi
    MidniteHaze wrote: I listen to loud music 24/7: Never gotten high, never drank beer (19yo), or had unprotected sex (never had any )
    Instead of posting pointless Courtney Love articles, UG's new mission should be to get you laid (and drunk).
    Td_Nights
    >Goes Clubbing >More likely to drink and have sex - Uh...yeah...? That's generally why people go clubbing, and loud music is part of that 'scene' in most situations. I don't see why that was necessary to include as some statistic (not that this is even article-worthy...)
    slybacon
    ''Researchers may have proven the old theory that loud music makes young people more likely to smoke weed, drink beer and have unprotected sex.'' ''have unprotected sex.'' ''have sex.'' I need to start listening to my music louder
    MrDo0m
    robbie.thecloud wrote: really??? next they'll tell us country music will make you fall in love with your sister death metal will make you kill yourself black metal will turn you into a satinist rap will make you a ganster Oh!!! wait they do -_-
    Yeah, whenever I listen to Black Metal, I just want to cuddle up in as much satin sheets as possible. Hail satin!
    assparade69
    Dr. SHARON Levy? isn't Sharon a a woman's name? i think this study is seriously flawed
    MidniteHaze
    I listen to loud music 24/7: Never gotten high, never drank beer (19yo), or had unprotected sex (never had any )
    SGstriker
    I would post a counter-argument to this article, but I'm too busy listening to loud music, snorting Kool-Aid, drinking schnapps, and having wild unprotected sex.
    lVlaniac
    KevinFreund wrote: 99% of drug users have drunk milk. Logically, that makes milk a gateway drug.
    Dont forget the main cause, electricity. All adicts use some form of electricity
    Shornifier
    So if we listen to elevator music all day, we will be the nicest people on Earth? ...does make sense... Or we could end up brain dead cannibalistic savages
    BongHooitz
    I listen to loud music 24/7: Never gotten high, never drank beer (19yo), or had unprotected sex (never had any )
    Then you've never lived. You should start now, while you still have some of your youth left.
    headstone05
    MrDo0m wrote: robbie.thecloud wrote: really??? next they'll tell us country music will make you fall in love with your sister death metal will make you kill yourself black metal will turn you into a satinist rap will make you a ganster Oh!!! wait they do -_- Yeah, whenever I listen to Black Metal, I just want to cuddle up in as much satin sheets as possible. Hail satin!
    This guy is awesome.
    Zane10104
    Im 16, and Veil Of Maya and Born Of Osiris have actually STOPPED my smoking problem. ACTUALLY metal in general STOPPED it. Because its just that ****ing great.
    thebigredjj10
    MidniteHaze wrote: I listen to loud music 24/7: Never gotten high, never drank beer (19yo), or had unprotected sex (never had any )
    You need to get out more. I've done all those things by your age!
    jpohl
    JFRules wrote: I want to rock and roll all night!
    and part of every day.... i'm too high and need a nap.
    Enix165
    Hmm, really? It's funny because me and my buds who listen to metal and stuff are all pretty much straight-edge(a few of us have a drink every now and then, but not getting smashed or anything, and I know a metalhead who's a big-time druggie but he hangs out with other sorts now), and we're all too ugly/weird/angry to get a girlfriend(metalheads don't get much love in Newfoundland. Scene kids, on the other hand...), whereas most of the indie/folk pop and reggae kids around here are big-time stoners. xD
    Camron62\m/
    HOW COULD THEY HAVE POSSIBLY FIGURED THIS OUT? I'M IMPRESSED! loud music apparently makes me want to smoke dope...
    KnightBand
    All addicts also breathe oxygen...great scott UG, we're onto something here! O.o
    led_sevenfold
    This is all backwards, i listen to loud music because im drunk or stoned, who gets stoned because of music? And ist there like cancer to cure and renewable sources of energy to find in stead of pointless stuff like this
    PeenieMcGee303
    What's up with the endocannabinoid system built into the human body. No endo-alcohol system or endo-opiate system. Why are our bodies prepackaged to except marijuana?
    sroze478
    Smoking weed and drinking beer and listening to music are "high risk activities"? Jeez...I wonder what they'd consider a game of football!
    )v(egaFan90
    Two things: 1. You can't prove a hypothesis. You can only support it with evidence. 2. Correlation does not imply causation.
    shredibanez24
    "I think they've really shown that sex and drugs go with rock and roll,"
    Here we go, still blaming drugs and sex on rock and roll, what, 25 years later? Sorry but I'm not aware of many clubs that play rock and roll.
    JD2k9
    More news: Death linked to permanent cessation in cardiac activity!