16 December 2008

Country and Western Music Makes You Drink

The sad, longing, self-pitying lyrics, the raspy-voiced walls of vocalists and the slow tempo of country and western songs make for increased alcohol consumption by bar patrons. Rock music, on the other hand, moderates drinking rate. That's what anthropologist James M. Schaefer, Ph.D., found after ten years of observing drinking patterns in the bars. The more beats per minute, the slower the sipping tempo. He thinks his findings can help people drink more intelligently. "People need to be aware of the influence that their surroundings have on their behavior. Music is a key mood-altering device, affecting self-regulation and self-control, "he says.


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1 comments:

Jolly Roger December 16, 2008 at 3:01 PM  

How 'bout that OTHER activity that is said to be directly tied to country music? Any stats on that? :)

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