New study finds heavy metal and electronic music are the top genres for drug consumption among fans at live events
There have been more than a few studies that have looked into the drug consumption habits of electronic music fans, and as the musical genre has gone from emerging to mainstream,researchers continue their search into the stigma associated with EDM fans being fallacy or fact. Drugabuse.com recently did a study that measured not only electronic music fans for their drug and alcohol consumption at live events, but fans from different musical genres to determine how linked musical choices were to consumption. Drugabuse.com surveyed over 970 people about their substance use, their average age when first consuming alcohol or drugs at music events, and why they chose to use these substances at live music events. Their findings, while based on a relatively small pool of people, are enlightening.
Electronic music fans were the most intoxicated concert-goers out of all of the genre’s sampled, however heavy metal fans were a close second. 67.5% of electronic music concert-goers reported intoxication at live music events, while 62.2% of heavy-metal fans reported intoxication.
Where heavy metal fans narrowly beat out electronic music fans for the top spot is age of consumption of drugs or alcohol at a live music event. Heavy metal fans, on average, ran into drugs or alcohol at an event starting at 19, whereas electronic music fans reported their first run in being at age 20.
The main difference between heavy metal and electronic music fans for consumption comes down to why the fans consume at live events. Two in five heavy metal fans reported they consumed drugs or alcohol to reduce social anxiety, while 77% of electronic music fans reported consuming drugs or alcohol to enhance their enjoyment.