“Cheers to the freakin’ weekend.
I drink to that, yeah yeah
Oh let the Jameson sink in I drink to that, yeah yeah
Don’t let the bastards get ya down Turn it around with another round
There’s a party at the bar everybody put your glasses up and I drink to that I drink to that.” Rhianna – Lyrics to “Cheers to That”
Messages about drinking are everywhere you look. Although racy music lyrics are nothing new, the messages in songs have changed from when many of us were younger. For example, a content analysis of song lyrics found that in 1988, 12% of songs referred to either or both alcohol and drugs, compared to 30% in 2008. Moreover, both alcohol and drugs were much more likely to be portrayed positively than negatively, especially in recent decades.
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