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A new study from the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France has suggested that individuals with tattoos and piercings consume more alcohol than their more conservative counterparts.
When interviewing subjects and giving breathalyzers to around 3000 patrons coming out of 21 different bars in Brittany, surveyors found that men without tattoos blew an average of 0.18, while men with tattoos and piercings blew an average of 0.26. Women without tattoos, on the other hand, blew an average of 0.12, while women with tattoos and piercings blew an average of 0.24.
Prof Guéguen, the head of the experiment, states that tattooed men and women engage in more “high risk” behaviors and that parents should look for this as early warning signs to speak to their children about alcohol consumption. Professor Myrna Armstrong from Texas Tech, however, sees the concern in automatically profiling those with tattoos as high risk, stating that people get tattoos for different reasons.
As a woman with many tattoos and one who has had many piercings, I can state that both have points of validity. I see friends with tattoos who don’t drink at all and I see friends with tattoos who should probably be in AA.
That said, shut up Prof Guéguen and pass me another beer.