Alcohol brand references in U.S. Popular music, 2009-2011

Michael Siegel, Renee M. Johnson, Keshav Tyagi, Kathryn Power, Mark C. Lohsen, Amanda J. Ayers, David H. Jernigan

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This study aimed to assess the prevalence and context of alcohol brand references in popular music. Billboard Magazine year-end charts from 2009 to 2011 were used to identify the most popular songs in four genres: Urban, Pop, Country, and Rock. Of the 720 songs, 23% included an alcohol mention, and 6.4% included an alcohol brand mention. Songs classified as Urban had the highest percentage of alcohol mentions and alcohol brand mentions. The context associated with alcohol brand mentions was almost uniformly positive or neutral. Public health efforts may be necessary to reduce youth exposure to these positive messages about alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1475-1484
Number of pages10
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • Brand
  • Lyrics
  • Music
  • Promotion
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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