Alcohol in the Movies: Characteristics of Drinkers and Nondrinkers in Films from 1940-1989

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Doris Bazzini Ph.D, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: We examined depictions of alcohol use in 100 popular films spanning 5 decades. Drinkers were depicted as more attractive, more romantically/sexually active, more aggressive, and having a higher socioeconomic status than nondrinkers. No systematic changes were found across decades that might reflect the growing knowledge base regarding the adverse effects of alcohol use. We compared the depiction of alcohol use in movies to real-world demographics and found that alcohol use in movies is somewhat glamorized.

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McIntosh, W. D., Smith, S. M., Bazzini, D. G., & Mills, P. S. (1999). Alcohol in the movies: Characteristics of drinkers and nondrinkers in films from 1940-1989. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29(6): 1191-1199. (June 1999) Wiley-Blackwell (ISSN: 1559-1816) DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1999.tb02035.x The definitive version is available at
Language: English
Date: 1999

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