Feds Spend $2.9 Million Studying EDM Clubs (electronic music clubs)

Did you know that there are “Electronic Dance Music” clubs throughout the United States.  Instead of having live bands and singers, they use recordings to play music.  Not my cup of tea, but in America it is about freedom of choice.  But, the Feds are spending $2.9 million to study these clubs.  I have a better idea—allow the market place to determine the success of failure of these clubs—it has nothing to do with national security or the proper role of government.

“The National Institutes of Health is spending $3 million investigating the goings on at electronic dance music clubs.

The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, a nonprofit group based in Maryland, is leading the study, which aims to curb clubgoers from getting drunk, doing drugs, and other “unsafe” behaviors.

“This project targets young, working adults who frequent clubs that feature Electronic Music Dance Events (EMDE) and engage in high risk behaviors,” according to the grant for the project. “These high risk behaviors are excessive alcohol use, drug use, physical and/or sexual aggression, and unsafe behaviors upon exiting from clubs. The research would test a brief, group-based intervention to reduce these high risk behaviors common in clubs.”

The highest risk behavior is the belief government is your friend and protects you.  This is another example of government paying off its friends for worthless studies.  What do you think?

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Feds Spend $2.9 Million Studying EDM Clubs

Project aims to curb club goers from getting drunk

BY: Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon,  7/11/18

The National Institutes of Health is spending $3 million investigating the goings on at electronic dance music clubs.

The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, a nonprofit group based in Maryland, is leading the study, which aims to curb clubgoers from getting drunk, doing drugs, and other “unsafe” behaviors.

“This project targets young, working adults who frequent clubs that feature Electronic Music Dance Events (EMDE) and engage in high risk behaviors,” according to the grant for the project. “These high risk behaviors are excessive alcohol use, drug use, physical and/or sexual aggression, and unsafe behaviors upon exiting from clubs. The research would test a brief, group-based intervention to reduce these high risk behaviors common in clubs.”

The study is explicitly focusing on “excessive alcohol use, drug use, physical and/or sexual aggression.”

“These risk behaviors are prevalent in clubs and drinking establishments,” according to the grant.

The goals of the study are to be able to accurately assess a group of clubgoers’ risk level and provide people who club together “with tools to protect their members.”

The project is also developing an “interactive intervention” for clubbers via a smartphone app.

“This will facilitate later adoption in the real world, in a way to provide a low cost delivery and in a manner that will engage the young adult population,” the grant states.

The project has received $2,897,322 since 2014 and most recently received $180,304 in May. Funding is scheduled through May 2019.

Study results have found clubbers who plan to get extremely drunk together are less likely to experience aggression.

“Interestingly, groups that had higher levels of planned intoxication decreased risks of experiencing aggression, while a discrepancy in these intentions among group members increased the risks,” according to the study’s published results from 2016.

“Also, being in a group that is identified as having at least one member who is frequently drunk, increases the risk for experiencing sexual aggression,” the researchers said.

The researchers also argued in the paper that EDM clubs “compel attention,” because dance clubs provide the “context in which social groups interact, a public space allowing for drinking and aggression to emerge.”

Other results include patrons at clubs with a security presence feel safer, and couples who club together experience “less risk.”

The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation also received over $300,000 from the NIH to study bars along the U.S.-Mexico border, investigating whether bars in border towns like Mexicali have “more dancing” and “louder music.”

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