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Tattoos, piercings linked to heavier drinking, but expert warns against stereotyping body art

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Tattoo on woman's shoulderA new French study shows that those with tattoos / piercings tend to consume more alcohol than peers without body art, HealthDay reports. These findings were based on nearly 3,000 young people who were given a breathalyzer test after leaving bars and clubs.

“A host of previous studies have routinely shown that individuals with body piercings or tattoos are more likely to engage in risky behavior than non-pierced or non-tattooed people,” said Nicolas Gueguen, a professor of social behavior at the University of Southern Brittany. He added that adults should consider tattoos and piercings as potential signs of drinking and other risky behaviors like unprotected sex, violence, and theft.

Another expert, however, warns against stereotyping people with body art and explains that it can often have special significance, such as representing religious beliefs: Myrna Armstrong, professor emeriti at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, is concerned about¬†“the tendency to see a tattoo or piercing and automatically profile or stereotype that individual as a ‘high-risk person’ as this may or may not be conducive for helping them.”

 

Source: HealthDay

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