Heavy metal and EDM fans get the most lit at shows, according to research.
A new study reveals that 62.2% of heavy metal fans get intoxicated at shows. Compare that to 58.7% of hip hop attendees, 46.6% of country fans, and just 39.8% of pop fanatics.
Most likely to be intoxicated during an event — EDM fans. In fact, EDM shows up in the top three for all the drugs studied here: alcohol, marijuana, MDMA, hallucinogens, cocaine, and opioids (except for benzodiazepines).
Drug use is most common among heavy metal and EDM fans, but the reasonings differ drastically. According to the research, 41% of heavy metal fans say they use drugs at shows to reduce social anxiety. Meanwhile, EDM fans are split between using drugs to increase energy, enjoy the show more, and/or to connect with the artist on stage.
Unsurprisingly, MDMA is much more common at EDM shows (25.6%) than at either of the other top genres that dabble with the substance. Reggae comes in at 4.8% and indie rock at 3.0%.
Keep in mind — this survey only collected information from 976 people, so the sample size isn’t quite representative. But, you get the idea.
This might be a good time to add, you don’t need to use drugs and alcohol to have a good time.
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