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Party music is associated with riskier drinking decisions

In this study, researchers tested different types of music on hypothetical drinking decisions in a sample of women with different levels of alcohol use. They found that listening to “party music” increased the likelihood of making risky drinking decisions compared to “home music.” This was true for all types of alcohol use, although heavy users made more risky drinking decisions overall. As an experimental control, they compared drinking decisions to eating and found that eating was less affected by music. The study, “Risky drinking decisions: The influence of party music and alcohol abuse in young adult women,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and published in the journal Alcohol.