Your tax dollars at work: Dance club drinking edition

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon exposes another questionable use of your tax dollars.

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.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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