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R-Rated Movies Increase Underage Drinking

A new study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs has found that middle schoolers allowed to watch R-rated movies are much more likely to drink than those who are not. The doctors who did the study don't think the results are just a reflection of parental concern (i.e., that the kind of controlling parents who won't let their kids watch Pretty Woman are also paying attention to the liquor cabinet, whereas the parents who let their kids freak out to Saw IV are not). Rather, they think "seeing the adult content actually changes their personality," making them more interested in "sensation seeking" and "risk taking" behavior. Basically, R-rated movies turn kids into adults. [PopWatch/EW]