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Questionable study links early alcohol use to R-rated movies

Apr. 27, 2010by:

Hmm. I'm as skeptical about this headline as you are, but a recent study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drug is suggesting that watching R-rated movies may lead to increased alcohol use in teens.

Researchers questioned nearly 3,600 middle-school children in New England and followed-up about two years later. In that time, 3 percent of the kids who said their parents never allowed them to watch R-rated movies said they had started drinking alcohol, compared with 19 percent of those who were sometimes allowed to watch R-rated movies and 25 percent of those who said they were allowed to watch such movies "all the time."

He added that the new findings supplement the work of previous studies that have linked exposure to R-rated movies and shows with adult content to early drinking, early smoking, sex at a young age and violent behavior.

"The research to date suggests that keeping kids from R-rated movies can help keep them from drinking, smoking and doing a lot of other things that parents don't want them to do," Sargent said.

Uh, alright, so I’m not a scientific researcher here, but I’m calling bullshit on this. They seem to be suggesting here that it’s the R-rated movies are causing these other behaviors, but I took enough statistics classes in college to understand that correlation does not equal causation.

Here's my explanation: Parents who don’t let their children watch R-rated movies are as a rule, generally pretty strict parents. This in turn means its likely they enforce other strict behaviors on their children, early curfews, no attendance at unsupervised parties and things like that. Contrastingly, a parent who doesn’t care if their twelve year old is watching LAST HOUSE OF THE LEFT may not care as much about other preventative measures that protect their child against the “evils” of alcohol, drugs and sex.

I think this is much more a referendum on parenting styles than it is kids being influenced by movies. Kids will drink because their friends do, not because they saw The Dude do it in THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Stupid scientists.

Extra Tidbit: True story: I wasnt allowed to watch R-rated movies until I moved out of my parents house. I think this adequately explains what I do for a living.
Source: BusinessWeek

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7:00AM on 04/29/2010

Extra Tidbit & The Article

The E.T. makes sense when I read your style of writing, and actually so does what you have to say in the article. You're doubly revealing a lot about yourself without even knowing it. That's cool, though.
The E.T. makes sense when I read your style of writing, and actually so does what you have to say in the article. You're doubly revealing a lot about yourself without even knowing it. That's cool, though.
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8:53PM on 04/28/2010
oops, double dipped.
oops, double dipped.
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8:48PM on 04/28/2010
Definitely a case of less parental involvement leading to adolescents having more delinquent peers. I'm sure they'd also find that rated R movies lead to larceny, marijuana use, sex at earlier ages, smoking, and cursing. Okay, maybe I'd buy the last one.
Definitely a case of less parental involvement leading to adolescents having more delinquent peers. I'm sure they'd also find that rated R movies lead to larceny, marijuana use, sex at earlier ages, smoking, and cursing. Okay, maybe I'd buy the last one.
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2:17PM on 04/28/2010

fuck yeah...

now i can file an action in tort against the studios, fuckin' awesome, i'm gonna be rich biatch!! ha ha ha ha ha, another bullshit study to manufacture some more bullshit drugs to make the drug companies boatloads of cash. There should be a law against bullshit like this.
now i can file an action in tort against the studios, fuckin' awesome, i'm gonna be rich biatch!! ha ha ha ha ha, another bullshit study to manufacture some more bullshit drugs to make the drug companies boatloads of cash. There should be a law against bullshit like this.
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11:11AM on 04/28/2010
They questioned 3,600 Middle Schooler's and waited 2 more years, and they call that science. Wow! I smell BS.
"Kids will drink because their friends do, not because they saw The Dude do it in THE BIG LEBOWSKI." Agreed!
They questioned 3,600 Middle Schooler's and waited 2 more years, and they call that science. Wow! I smell BS.
"Kids will drink because their friends do, not because they saw The Dude do it in THE BIG LEBOWSKI." Agreed!
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7:03AM on 04/28/2010

As always let's blame it on the movies!

Movies are given ratings as they're intended to be watched by a specific age demographic. If parents let kids see an R rated movie, on the parents head be it. But can people stop using movies as scape goats.

Besides this I saw a 15 rated (R) movie the other week and myself and the girlfriend counted 8 different alcohol advertisements before the fucking Movie trailers even started. But sure it's always the movies at fault. Find another scapegoat I'm fed up of seeing one of my main hobbies
Movies are given ratings as they're intended to be watched by a specific age demographic. If parents let kids see an R rated movie, on the parents head be it. But can people stop using movies as scape goats.

Besides this I saw a 15 rated (R) movie the other week and myself and the girlfriend counted 8 different alcohol advertisements before the fucking Movie trailers even started. But sure it's always the movies at fault. Find another scapegoat I'm fed up of seeing one of my main hobbies blamed!
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3:44AM on 04/28/2010

Lame...

It's surprising how these people come together to research something completely dumb and downright unnecessary. Who gives a crap what influences drinking and smoking and whatnot. The point is to make sure people know their limitations when doing all those things...plus there's like a gazillion ways kids could pick up a habit. Anyone heard of peers? How about mass marketing? All those huge billboards and theater ads with cute girls,their massive cleavage, ridiculously short shorts, and a guy in
It's surprising how these people come together to research something completely dumb and downright unnecessary. Who gives a crap what influences drinking and smoking and whatnot. The point is to make sure people know their limitations when doing all those things...plus there's like a gazillion ways kids could pick up a habit. Anyone heard of peers? How about mass marketing? All those huge billboards and theater ads with cute girls,their massive cleavage, ridiculously short shorts, and a guy in the middle with a bottle of beer. 30seconds of that is enough to make a teenager fake his ID.
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11:43PM on 04/27/2010
I think with the growing irrelevance of censors like the MPAA, which was a compromise in itself for people worried about morality, someone is paying scientists to come up with a reason to give a damn about an R-rated movie. Because substance abuse is quite prevalent in R-rated stuff, along with extreme violence (an argument more or less already lost). You pay experts to label your bullshit as scientific research, and parents will suddenly be like "Oh, shit! On second thought, let's not go see
I think with the growing irrelevance of censors like the MPAA, which was a compromise in itself for people worried about morality, someone is paying scientists to come up with a reason to give a damn about an R-rated movie. Because substance abuse is quite prevalent in R-rated stuff, along with extreme violence (an argument more or less already lost). You pay experts to label your bullshit as scientific research, and parents will suddenly be like "Oh, shit! On second thought, let's not go see Kick-Ass, let's watch The Back-Up Plan instead."

I do kinda sorta think movies promote smoking though. I don't, but I did used to think it made you look cool. Then I had smoke blown in my face, and changed my mind.
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11:33PM on 04/27/2010

Water to wine

Passion Of The Christ. Rated R. And I definitely needed a drink after that one.
Passion Of The Christ. Rated R. And I definitely needed a drink after that one.
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11:12PM on 04/27/2010
I can count the amount of times I've been drunk on one hand, I've never smoked, and I've been watching Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, and other shoot 'em up movies since I was in gradeschool. Total BS study.
I can count the amount of times I've been drunk on one hand, I've never smoked, and I've been watching Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, and other shoot 'em up movies since I was in gradeschool. Total BS study.
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7:27PM on 04/27/2010
I just... I mean come on... why is America so goddamn dumb? Why?
I just... I mean come on... why is America so goddamn dumb? Why?
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6:38PM on 04/27/2010
WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE?!
WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE?!
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6:19PM on 04/27/2010
I swear, "experts" look for scapegoats instead of bad parenting.

My folks raised me well, let me watch select R rated movies, and I turned out fine.
I swear, "experts" look for scapegoats instead of bad parenting.

My folks raised me well, let me watch select R rated movies, and I turned out fine.
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5:37PM on 04/27/2010

Why do I drink?

Because it tastes great and I like a good buzz. Is it because I see it on screen, usually accompanied by vomiting, bad decisions, or death? Hell no!
Because it tastes great and I like a good buzz. Is it because I see it on screen, usually accompanied by vomiting, bad decisions, or death? Hell no!
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5:19PM on 04/27/2010
Stop making sense, Paul. Someone was paid good money to do this "study" and you are ruining their scam with common sense.
Stop making sense, Paul. Someone was paid good money to do this "study" and you are ruining their scam with common sense.
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5:08PM on 04/27/2010

NUFF SAID'

Paul Tassi hit the nail on the head its the parenting not the movies strict parents keep a tighter lease on their kids in all areas of their lives including what movies they watch. It's like saying someone who watched Silence of the Lambs will become a serial killer its all B.S.
Paul Tassi hit the nail on the head its the parenting not the movies strict parents keep a tighter lease on their kids in all areas of their lives including what movies they watch. It's like saying someone who watched Silence of the Lambs will become a serial killer its all B.S.
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5:03PM on 04/27/2010
I'm pretty sure it's films like "Disaster Movie" that lead to teenage drinking. That and, you know, teens just wanting to get drunk.
I'm pretty sure it's films like "Disaster Movie" that lead to teenage drinking. That and, you know, teens just wanting to get drunk.
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4:59PM on 04/27/2010
Purely correlational and not causal. My proffesor for statistics did a study and found a negative correlation between the economy in michigan and how well the tigers were doing. This doesn't mean that one had any effect on the other just goes to show how ridiculous correlations can be. I would defenitely not argue the results of the study but I think Paul is right on his take on the study. This study should not be presented as causal at all but I fear a lot of people will take it as meaning R
Purely correlational and not causal. My proffesor for statistics did a study and found a negative correlation between the economy in michigan and how well the tigers were doing. This doesn't mean that one had any effect on the other just goes to show how ridiculous correlations can be. I would defenitely not argue the results of the study but I think Paul is right on his take on the study. This study should not be presented as causal at all but I fear a lot of people will take it as meaning R movies cause alcoholism.
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4:36PM on 04/27/2010

Bull shit.

I have ben watching R-Rated movies since I found my parents movie stash when I was 5.But I was also one of those squares that didn't let alcohol touch his lips until it was "legal", whatever. Thats all I got to say ...
I have ben watching R-Rated movies since I found my parents movie stash when I was 5.But I was also one of those squares that didn't let alcohol touch his lips until it was "legal", whatever. Thats all I got to say ...
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4:28PM on 04/27/2010

R Rated Movies.. Right..

It might just be me but adolescence and hormones lead to me drinking, doing drugs, and watching R rated movie... Not the other way around.
It might just be me but adolescence and hormones lead to me drinking, doing drugs, and watching R rated movie... Not the other way around.
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4:10PM on 04/27/2010

ridiculous

thnis is as asinine as an ad in the hollywood reporter today that said 'SMOKING IN MOVIES CAUSES SMOKING IN REAL LIFE.' fuck off, idiots.
thnis is as asinine as an ad in the hollywood reporter today that said 'SMOKING IN MOVIES CAUSES SMOKING IN REAL LIFE.' fuck off, idiots.
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4:05PM on 04/27/2010

beer

I need a beer after reading this!
I need a beer after reading this!
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4:02PM on 04/27/2010
What a silly assesment. When I was a kid I was too scared to watch scary movies, even stuff like Aliens scared the crap out of me. And Im a straight up alcoholic.
What a silly assesment. When I was a kid I was too scared to watch scary movies, even stuff like Aliens scared the crap out of me. And Im a straight up alcoholic.
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3:43PM on 04/27/2010

Rubbish!...

I started drinking a long time before I could watch R-Rated movies.
I started drinking a long time before I could watch R-Rated movies.
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3:28PM on 04/27/2010
lol.
fucked up parents drive more teens to drink than r-rated movies.
lol.
fucked up parents drive more teens to drink than r-rated movies.
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3:00PM on 04/27/2010
I agree with you guys.. my dad let me watch Die Hard and Jaws and Aliens when I was 7.. I understood it was a movie.. not life. Yeah I drink occasionally when I go out or watch the games with my boys.. and I hit some blunts before I came to college but who hasn't?

This is strictly because of the parents.. not the god damn movies.
I agree with you guys.. my dad let me watch Die Hard and Jaws and Aliens when I was 7.. I understood it was a movie.. not life. Yeah I drink occasionally when I go out or watch the games with my boys.. and I hit some blunts before I came to college but who hasn't?

This is strictly because of the parents.. not the god damn movies.
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2:57PM on 04/27/2010

Retarded.

Its nice to see these researchers working on something like this when they could be doing so many other worthwhile studies.

Not to mention, in this day and age, Kids and teenagers are more influenced by their dumbass friends than anything. Combined that with Parents who either are too strict or not strict enough and you got a bunch of confused and/or pissed off kids and teens running around. Hell its no wonder they decide to get a drink.

That also sucks about your parents Tassi, and
Its nice to see these researchers working on something like this when they could be doing so many other worthwhile studies.

Not to mention, in this day and age, Kids and teenagers are more influenced by their dumbass friends than anything. Combined that with Parents who either are too strict or not strict enough and you got a bunch of confused and/or pissed off kids and teens running around. Hell its no wonder they decide to get a drink.

That also sucks about your parents Tassi, and believe me i know your pain. MY parents would never take me to go see any movies whatsoever when i was younger. It was always, "Wait till it comes out on video." and even then it was rare when we rented anything. I didnt really get to go OUT and see anything until I could drive. Which is pretty much the reason why i'm so obsessed with movies today, and go to the cinema every friday, and rent movies every tuesday they come out.

No one ever looks at the parents I swear.
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2:57PM on 04/27/2010

What a load of bullshit!

Well I'm one person who goes completely against this study.

I was watching "Die Hard" while other kids were watching "Saved by the Bell" and I've never smoked a cigarette, done drugs or been drunk in my life. My parents let me watch whatever I wanted when I was a kid. I remember watching "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with my Mom when I was 7 years old. Did it make me gay or a transvestite? No.
Well I'm one person who goes completely against this study.

I was watching "Die Hard" while other kids were watching "Saved by the Bell" and I've never smoked a cigarette, done drugs or been drunk in my life. My parents let me watch whatever I wanted when I was a kid. I remember watching "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with my Mom when I was 7 years old. Did it make me gay or a transvestite? No.
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