Music and Substance Use: A Meta-analytic Review


Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse




While previous research has documented a relation between music and substance use among consumers, to date, there are no meta-analytic reviews of the literature, making our meta-analysis the first in this area. Results from 31 studies, yielding a total of 330,652, indicated that music had a significant effect on substance use, with both music format and genre being significant contributors. The effect of music on substance use also varied by substance type. In addition, participant biological sex and location of data collection were found to moderate the effect of music on substance use. Theoretical implications are discussed along with directions for future research. FAU - Wright, Chrysalis L

Music and Health Institute Terms

Gender Disparities; Mental Health; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Recorded Music Listening; Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction; Wellness and Well-Being

Study Type

Meta-Analysis; Quantitative Methods

Document Type