Behavior, Treatment and Prevention
Tattoos, Piercings, and Alcohol Consumption
Article first published online: 17 APR 2012
Copyright © 2012 by the Research Society on Alcoholism
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume 36, Issue 7, pages 1253–1256, July 2012
How to Cite
Guéguen, N. (2012), Tattoos, Piercings, and Alcohol Consumption. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36: 1253–1256. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01711.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 17 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 12 JUL 2011
- Risky Behavior;
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.
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.
It was found that participants with piercings and/or tattoos as well as combined piercings and tattoos revealed higher levels of alcohol consumption.
Piercings and tattoos could serve as signs of alcohol consumption for educators, parents, and physicians.