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“F*ck it! Let’s get to drinking – poison our livers!”: a thematic analysis of alcohol content in contemporary YouTube music videos

Cranwell, Joanne; Britton, John; Bains, Manpreet

Authors

Joanne Cranwell

John Britton



Abstract

Purpose: To describe the portrayal of alcohol content in popular YouTube music videos.

Methods: We used inductive thematic analysis to explore the lyrics and visual imagery in 49 UK Top 40 songs and music videos previously found to contain alcohol content, and watched by many British adolescents aged between 11-18 years, and to examine if branded content contravened alcohol industry advertising codes of practice.

Results: The analysis generated three themes. First, alcohol content was associated with sexualised imagery or lyrics and the objectification of women. Second, alcohol was associated with image, lifestyle and sociability. Finally, some videos showed alcohol overtly encouraging excessive drinking and drunkenness, including those containing branding, with no negative consequences to the drinker.

Conclusion: Our results suggest that YouTube music videos promote positive associations with alcohol use. Further, several alcohol companies adopt marketing strategies in the video medium that are entirely inconsistent with their own or others agreed advertising codes of practice. We conclude that, as a harm reduction measure, policies should change to prevent adolescent exposure to the positive promotion of alcohol and alcohol branding in music videos.

Citation

Cranwell, J., Britton, J., & Bains, M. (in press). “F*ck it! Let’s get to drinking – poison our livers!”: a thematic analysis of alcohol content in contemporary YouTube music videos. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-016-9578-3

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 16, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 6, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 5, 2016
Journal International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Print ISSN 1070-5503
Electronic ISSN 1532-7558
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-016-9578-3
Keywords Alcohol; YouTube music videos; Thematic analysis; Alcohol policy; Adolescent role modelling
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34671
Publisher URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12529-016-9578-3
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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