Addiction, stigma and movies
Abstract:Cape GS. Addiction, stigma and movies.
Acta Psychiatr Scand 2003: 107: 163–169. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2003. Objective:
To identify common character stereotypes of alcohol and other drug users as portrayed in motion pictures. Method:
A selective review of a number of movies prominently portraying alcohol and other drug use and misuse. Results:
The great majority of popular films portray alcohol and drug use whether as a routinized background, routinized foreground or exceptional foreground. Four main stereotypes of alcohol and other drug users appear to be prevalent – the tragic hero, the demonized user, the rebellious free spirit and the comedic user. A number of movies are selected which portray alcohol and other drug use as a prominent theme. Conclusion:
Movies, as a medium for mass communication, have a powerful influence on the public and perpetuate popular mythologies regarding alcohol and other drug use.