Reality TV encourages children to drink and smoke | NHS Behind the Headlines

Reality TV encourages children to drink and smoke | NHS Behind the Headlines


Hi I’m Jack and welcome to Behind the Headlines, the science behind the news. This week The Guardian reported
that reality TV encourages children to drink and smoke. Alcohol and tobacco
addiction remain two of the biggest causes of ill health and having the
right support can save lives. You can learn more about alcohol misuse by clicking the link. The news report was based on a study that measured the amount of smoking and alcohol shown across five reality TV programmes aired within the last year. The programmes were Celebrity Big Brother, Made in Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex, Geordie Shore and Love Island Alcohol was shown or
referred to in all of the 112 TV episodes in the study. Smoking was
referred to in 18 percent of episodes. Even though the shows were aired after 9
p.m we live in a time of on demand TV so it is possible that
children could still watch the shows. Whether watching reality TV shows
actively encourages young people to start start smoking or drinking is something
the study can’t tell us. Young people can see drinking or smoking in many other
walks of life as well as in the media so the Guardian may have gone a little too
far. If you want to find out more about this story click on the link.

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