The more adolescents witness alcohol consumption in films, the more likely they are to try alcohol and participate in risky drinking behaviour, according to new research from the University of Bristol.
Adolescents with the highest exposure to alcohol use in films were 1.2 times more likely to have tried alcohol than those least exposed, and 1.7 times more likely to binge drink.
Those with the highest exposure were also 2.4 times more likely to drink weekly and twice as likely to have alcohol-related problems than those less exposed.
The study authors suggest a review of film-rating categories and that alcohol ratings for all films may help reduce alcohol consumption in adolescents. Read more here
Similar conclusions have been drawn for scenes of smoking in films. Read more here