Tattoos and body piercings have gone mainstream a long time ago. But what does it have to do with drinking more? A new study is suggesting that the stereotype is borne out in the drinking habits of those who modify their bodies. People with tattoos drink more alcohol than their friends that don't have ink on them.
99 undergraduate business students in the west of France became temporary researchers for four Saturday nights in four separate cities. They waited outside bars that catered to college students and surveyed youths as they left pubs, clubs. Of the 2000 subjects, 20 years old on average, told the interviewers how many tattoos and piercings they had and went through a breathalyzer test to determine how much alcohol they consumed that night.
The study found that people with ink on their bodies had more alcohol on their breath than those without. The reseachers also point out that in previous studies looking at tattoos and behaviour, people who only had one tattoo tended to act more like their un-tattooed peers when it came to activities like drinking and unprotected sex.
Those with two or more tattoos had an increase in high risk conduct. When tattoo count hits seven, the risky behaviour really shot up.
But is this study conclusive to think that people with ink tend to drink more or engage in more risky behaviour? Perhaps not. But it does make them daring enough to try.