Ecstasy use in 19-23 year-old Australians

A. Smirnov et al., “Young Adults’ Trajectories of Ecstasy Use: A Population Based Study,” Addictive Behaviors 38, no. 11 (2013): 2667–2674. Describes a recent study of Ecstasy users in Australia aged 19-23 years over 30 months. Concludes that “Intermediate and high-use trajectory membership was predicted by past Ecstasy consumption (>70 pills) and attendance at electronic/dance music events,” and “high-use trajectory members were unlikely to have used Ecstasy for more than 3 years and tended to report consistently positive subjective effects at baseline.”

Drinking and smoking looks fun in Australian Saturday morning music video programs

Rebecca Johnson et al., “Legal Drug Content in Music Video Programs Shown on Australian Television on Saturday Mornings,” Alcohol and Alcoholism 48, no. 1 (2013): 119–125. Describes Saturday morning music video programs from the fall of 2011; finds that approximately one-third contained references to alcohol and/or tobacco. Notes that “References to alcohol generally associated it with fun and humour, and alcohol and tobacco were both overwhelmingly presented in contexts that encouraged, rather than discouraged, their use” despite the fact that “In Australia, Saturday morning is generally considered a children’s television viewing timeslot, and several broadcaster Codes of Practice dictate that programs shown on Saturday mornings must be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.”