Addicted media: substances on screen

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2005 Jul;14(3):473-89, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2005.02.007.


The depiction of alcohol and drug traffic/usage in films has caused concern since the advent of motion pictures and continues to raise concern with the introduction of new media. This article provides a comprehensive review of much of the existing peer-reviewed published literature about the depiction of substances in the media by focusing on the information obtained in content analyses. This article demonstrates the widespread and overwhelming presence of substances in the media viewed by youth and highlights reviews that discuss the potential impacts of these depictions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Behavior, Addictive*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Mass Media*
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Music
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Video Games