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.”

Celebrity Rehab

Celebrity Rehab is the first television series to chronicle the dramatic, unscripted real life experiences of a group of actual celebrities as they make the life-changing decision to enter themselves into a drug, alcohol and addiction treatment program with the sincere desire to achieve true rehabilitation and recovery.

Find the show’s website here.

A blogger recaps each episode of the experiment here.

(Thanks to Trysh Travis for the links).

The Wire

Trysh Travis writes:

HBO’s critically-acclaimed drama The Wire (David Simon, writer/producer) is best known for its thoughtful portrayal of the political economy of narcotics trafficking and the dismal interdiction strategy known as the “war on drugs.” Episode two of what will be the final season just aired on 13 January, and the last chapter in Simon’s narrative is shaping up to give what should be a similarly nuanced depiction of addiction and recovery. The former is the path of Baltimore cop Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West), the latter that of Bubbles (Andre Royo), a street hustler and sometime informant for McNulty’s squad. Country singer Steve Earle, himself a recovering narcotics addict, appears as Waylon, Bubbles’s sponsor. Earle’s stripped-down cover of Tom Waits’s “Down in the Hole” serves as the show’s appropriate opening theme.

More information on air times, episode guide, etc., at http://www.hbo.com/thewire/.

Reno leaders try to tackle meth problem with TV documentary

When it comes to methamphetamine use, Nevada holds a dubious distinction.

The state leads the nation in the number of people who have used meth in their lifetime as well as in the past year and last 30 days, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Now, community leaders are trying to fight back with the help of a 30-minute documentary, "Crystal Darkness: Meth’s Deadly Assault on Nevada’s Youth," to be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on nearly every Reno television station.

The Las Vegas Sun reports.