Alcohol making more appearances in movies for U.S. teens

July 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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LEBANON, N.H., July 12 (UPI) -- Branded alcohol is making more and more appearances in movies rated for U.S. teen audiences, a researcher says.

Elaina Bergamini of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire looked at data on hit movies from 1996-2009.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, found appearances of branded alcohol in movies rated G, PG- and PG-13 rose from 80 to 145 a year.

Bergamini said there were controls on tobacco appearances, and they were not rising, but alcohol lacked similar controls.

She says parents should talk with their kids: "Talk about drinking. Talk about binge drinking," Bergamini said in a statement. "Talk about the consequences of drinking -- especially in light of the fact that those consequences are not sufficiently represented in the movies."

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