According to a new study published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics, the answer is yes.
The more adolescents watch movie stars sidle up to the bar on the big screen, the more alcohol they drink themselves, a new study suggests.
A cross-sectional survey of more than 16,000 teens aged 10 to 19 from six European countries — the largest study of its kind — indicated that 27 percent had consumed five or more drinks on at least one occasion.
Teens who had seen more alcohol use in movies were significantly more likely to have engaged in binge drinking, a pattern observed across cultures with different norms regarding teen and adult alcohol use.
“The striking thing to me is how consistent the results were across countries and cultures,” said study co-author Dr. James Sargent, a professor of pediatrics and community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H. “Whatever you want your alcohol to do for you — make you feel rich, funny, sophisticated — you can see that in the movies. That shapesthe original article from Fox, written by Maureen Salamon