New study: Which concerts have the most drugs? (And the most cannabis?)

New study: Which concerts have the most drugs? (And the most cannabis?)

The organization DrugAbuse.com released a new study this week. Researchers had investigated drug and alcohol use at concerts. Fans of electronic dance music (common known as EDM) achieved the dubious honor of being the most intoxicated fan group. You may already know this, if you’ve ever been to an EDM show. But this study uncovers how EDM fans compare to other genres.

EDM fans did not top the list in terms of alcohol or marijuana consumption at shows. (Reggae fans clocked in as the heaviest cannabis consumers.)

EDM fans were more than 5 times as likely to take MDMA at a show than any other genre. They were also more than twice as likely to use cocaine at a show than any other genre.

From the study:

“Roughly one in four people linked their EDM festival experiences to MDMA. Ecstasy, while considered a party drug, has been linked to heart disease, depression, and sleep disturbances. EDM shows were also popular places for cocaine use (nearly 9 percent) and hallucinogens (almost 10 percent).”

It’s also worth noting that EDM holds the top spot for the largest percentage of intoxicated people at shows. That puts EDM above heavy metal, alternative and hip-hop/rap shows, which have historically held a reputation for the wildest crowds.

Take a look at the chart summarizing the most intoxicated concert-goers below:

Source: DrugAbuse.com

It’s worth noting that the data in the study is self-reported, so the actual numbers for drug and alcohol use at concerts may be higher. That, coupled with the fact that the sample size was only about 1,000 people, makes this study a bit small to be able to come to conclusive results.

However, intriguing findings like this could spark a broader interest in a more comprehensive industry study. There’s certainly a sharp contrast between EDM and the other genres DrugAbuse.com studied.

Take a look at the full study at DrugAbuse.com and let us know what you think.

Does this study sound accurate, in your experience? What has the crowd been like at different types of shows?

One of the findings of the DrugAbuse.com study – "Top Reasons for Alcohol or Drug Use at Live Music Events"

One of the findings of the DrugAbuse.com study – “Top Reasons for Alcohol or Drug Use at Live Music Events”

This post originally appeared at www.respectmyregion.com.