Learning about the root causes and impacts of alcohol through The Harmony Program and the music of Kendrick Lamar

For decades the music and lifestyles played out by musicians of ‘sex, drugs and rock n’ roll’ has had a powerful influence and impact on society. The Harmony Program enables individuals to confront the true realities of alcohol and drug misuse by integrating drug treatment models with the same medium that has been misinforming them for decades, music.

In the song Swimming Pools (Drank), Kendrick Lamar compares the dangerous amount of alcohol that some people drink to a swimming pool. He raps about drinking alcohol to ‘fit in with the popular’, the pressure he’s under to fit in with his peers and how alcohol is used to attract women.

He also raps about the family influences around him to misuse alcohol with his conscience finally speaking to him about the danger he is in from alcohol poisoning, if he continues to abuse alcohol:

Now I done grew up
Round some people living their life in bottles
Granddaddy had the golden flask
Back stroke every day in Chicago
Some people like the way it feels
Some people wanna kill their sorrows
Some people wanna fit in with the popular
That was my problem

Nigga why you babysittin’ only 2 or 3 shots?
I’m a show you how to turn it up a notch
First you get a swimming pool full of liquor, then you dive in it
Pool full of liquor, then you dive in it
I wave a few bottles, then I watch em all flock
All the girls wanna play Baywatch
I got a swimming pool full of liquor and they dive in it
Pool full of liquor I’m a dive in it

Okay, now open your mind up and listen to me, Kendrick
I’m in your conscience, if you do not hear me
Then you will be history, Kendrick
I know that you’re nauseous right now
And I’m hopin’ to lead you to victory, Kendrick
If I take another one down
I’m a drown in some poison abusin’ my limit