Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Linked by Researchers

crowd drinking alcohol at a rock concert

Parents naturally worry when their children grow to be teens and take off on their own for the first time. When those children head in the direction of drug use and rock and roll concerts, they are right to worry. Drug use is often associated with risky sex and other dangerous behavior.

Now, science has proven links between rock and roll concerts or music, increased drug use and risky sex. In the Netherlands, researchers interviewed nearly a thousand urban students on their musical preferences, attendance at rock concerts, drug and drinking patterns and sexual activity. The journal Pediatrics carried the results.

These three factors meet in an intersection of increased risk. Use of MP3 players at loud volumes correlated with frequent cannabis use; rock concert attendance was related to binge drinking and having sex without the use of a condom.

In short, people falling into these categories are living at greater risk of injury, addiction and sexual problems such as unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases. When this relationship was found between sex, drugs and rock and roll, the authors of the study naturally want to propose solutions. The tactics proposed in this study are likely to fall far short of improving the situation. Researchers suggested putting up posters at rock concerts to warn about alcohol abuse and unsafe sex and regulating the volume that can be obtained from headphones. But these measures come far after the problems started.

The Beginnings Of Addiction

When a person begins to use drugs or alcohol, whether or not they use drugs or alcohol again or eventually become addicted has a lot to do with whether or not the experience seems valuable to him (or her). If the person feels less shy if it seems that problems go far away if he is no longer worried about failing school or what his parents think, if he feels like he fits in with a group he wants to like him, then the drugs or alcohol he was using will be valuable. He is likely to repeat the experience so he can feel the same relief or apparent improvement again.

Of course, as has happened to millions of people, this substance abuse can easily turn into an addiction. Once the person has “solved his problems” with marijuana, alcohol, crack cocaine, heroin or prescription drug abuse a few times or more than a few times, the physical cravings and mental dependence may drive him back into that drug again whether he wants to go there or not. Some drugs take longer than others to cause addiction and some have more pronounced physical withdrawal symptoms than others. Some drugs are so strong that only a few uses can set a person up for addiction. Many people find crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone to be highly and quickly addictive.

Narconon Can Provide Answers

On our website, the Narconon organization provides articles and information that can provide anyone worried about addiction with hope. There are stories there that educate one on drug abuse, and information on how addiction can be overcome. Timely news reports provide insight into current events and how substance abuse may affect people.

You may find information on our site that can make you feel confident that addiction can be overcome and that there is hope for a person who is trapped in drug abuse or alcoholism. Contact us to find out more about the Narconon solution to addiction.



Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.