Alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances in music videos: a content analysis of prevalence and genre

J Adolesc Health. 2005 Jul;37(1):81-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2004.02.034.


Content analyses examined mention of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit substances in music videos (n = 359) broadcast in 2001, as well as genre and presence of humor. Findings indicated that references to illicit substances were more prevalent than tobacco in music videos. Humor was 2.5 times as likely to appear in videos containing references to substances than those without substances.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking*
  • Humans
  • Music*
  • Prevalence
  • Smoking*
  • Substance-Related Disorders*
  • Television / statistics & numerical data*