The mention of anything alcohol related, including brands, logos, slang (booze, sauce, etc) or paraphernalia (shot glasses, bottle caps, etc) as well as direct or implied description of alcohol consumption.
Scale used to Code Explicitness of Alcohol Use
1 = General reference, observation, or figurative speech about alcohol and/or alcohol paraphernalia
“I didn’t get a lot in class/But I know it don’t come in a shot glass”
“And the piano, it sounds like a carnival/And the microphone smells like a beer”
2 = Alcohol consumption is implied
“I saw her blush when I asked if she always talked like that/she said it only happened when she drank”
“I’m gonna lose my baby/so I always keep a bottle near”
3 = Alcohol consumption is described
“Get buzzed, get drunk, get crunked, get fucked up”
“One drink ain’t enough Jack you better make it three/I wanna get drunk,I’m gonna make it real clear/ I want one bourbon, one scotch, one beer“
Drinking and Driving
Pertains to descriptions about someone who has consumed alcohol during or immediately before driving or is obviously drunk or impaired by the effects of alcohol while operating a vehicle.
“Party down/Drinkin’ till you can’t even see /In your car with your buddies/And wrap it around a tree”
“I lay my head on the wheel and the horn begins honkin’/The whole neighborhood knows that I’m drunk again”
Underage Character (Looks Under 21) Consumes Alcohol
Minors (under legal drinking age) are described or implied to have consumed alcohol. Also include the mentions of a fake ID as “underage alcohol consumption (implied)”.
“Teen drinking is very bad/Yo I got a fake ID though/Yeah yeah yeah yo/2 Step with me/2 step with me”
“She’s underage and so very very brave/A fake ID lent her credibility/She sits at the bar/The gents are gonna try so hard”
Any mention about designated driving or the description of someone requiring help getting home after consuming alcohol. For example, taking the keys away or calling a taxi.
“I told her hop in/Friends don’t let friends drive drunk /Hop in/Friends don’t let friends drive drunk / Girl I’m your designated driver/Buckle up girl/Cuz I’m takin you home tonight”
“Your designated driver/That’s me/And we’re drivin’ down dream street”