'Risky Music Behaviors' Linked to Other Risk Behaviors in Youth

Young adults listening to loud music more likely to engage in substance abuse and unsafe sex
MONDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Listening to loud music is highly associated with traditional health-risk behaviors in youth, including binge drinking and unprotected sex in frequent visitors to live music venues and cannabis use in MP3-player listeners, according to a study published online May 21 in Pediatrics.
Ineke Vogel, Ph.D., from the Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues analyzed questionnaire results from 944 students, aged 15 to 25 years, in inner-city senior-secondary vocational schools.
The researchers found that loud MP3-player listeners had used cannabis more frequently during the past four weeks, whereas students exposed to risky sound levels during live events (discotheque and pop concerts) were more often binge drinkers and reported engaging in unsafe sex.
"The coexistence of risky music-listening behaviors with other health-risk behaviors provides evidence in support of the integration of risky music-listening behaviors within research on and programs aimed at reducing more traditional health-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse and unsafe sexual intercourse," the authors write.
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