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Citation

Gueguen N. Alcohol Clin. Exp. Res. 2012; 36(7): 1253-1256.

Affiliation

Université de Bretagne-Sud, UFR LSHS, Lorient Cedex, France.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01711.x

PMID

22509884

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have found a link between body tattoos or piercings and risky behavior. However, these studies only examined survey data but not real behavior. METHODS: Young men (mean = 20.6 years) and women (mean = 20.2 years) leaving a bar were asked whether they wore tattoos and piercings or not and were requested to breathe into a breathalyzer in order to evaluate their alcohol consumption. RESULTS: It was found that participants with piercings and/or tattoos as well as combined piercings and tattoos revealed higher levels of alcohol consumption. CONCLUSIONS: Piercings and tattoos could serve as signs of alcohol consumption for educators, parents, and physicians.


Language: en

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