By Rose Eveleth
Posting in Technology
French bar-goers who drink more, tend to have more tattoos and body piercings, according to a recent study.
Ah, the rock and roll life-style. Drinking, going to rock shows, showing off tattoos and piercings. When you imagine a rock star, he probably has a beer in his hand and a tattoo on his arm. But does drinking and tattooing really go hand in hand? A study in France confirms your suspicions: people who drink more, are more likely to have tattoos.
The study is pretty simple. They asked people coming out of a French bar to take a breathalyzer test. They asked those same people if they had tattoos and piercings. When you look at those two things, a pretty clear picture arises, Nicolas Gueguen, author of the study, said in the press release. "We found that pierced and/or tattooed individuals had consumed more alcohol in bars on a Saturday night than patrons in the same bars who were non pierced and non tattooed."
Guegen says that doctors and care givers should use tattoos and piercings as a warning sign for alcohol abuse. But others aren't so sure. "I am concerned with 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," said Myrna Armstrong, who was not involved in the study.
People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons, Armstrong said, and not all of them indicate a tendency to drink. In fact, Armstrong did a study on tattoos and drinking behavior as well. In her study, she found that someone with one tattoo drinks just as much as those with none. It wasn't until someone had seven or more body piercings that they started to fall into a high-risk group.
What the study does do, however, is use an approach to studying risky behaviors that hasn't really been used before. Most studies like this one take survey data from people who sign up for a study. This work went out to the bar to find subjects who might not normally volunteer to participate in research. Their findings, that more drinking correlates with more tattoos, has never been demonstrated in France before.
Perhaps this explains the unfortunate tattoo choices so often seen at dive bars.
Photo: Claus Rebler, Flickr
Apr 16, 2012
The fad of a generation of young people seems to become a curse as that generation limps into their 30s. Some of the young people of the Depression era were attracted to communism because of the economic conditions of the times. However, in the 1950s, these old affiliations with communist associations became dangerous when they were brought to light during the Cold War. My generation spent its youth experimenting with illegal substances. Then, in the 1980s, when my generation reached their 30s, the War on Drugs was ratcheted to the level of a national crisis. When authorities go looking for new scapegoats a decade from now, will those who sport tatooes be targeted? This study seems to be a foreshadowing of things to come. It's a shame that the nonviolent activities and fads of the young become a matter for witch-burning later.
This is the lamest survey I've ever witness. Because someone has a tattoo... it means he drinks more? Next they'll say people with piercings drive faster than people without piercings. Or blue eyes people tend to do drugs more than brown eyed people. RIDICULOUS!!!!!! Fat people drive smaller cars... believe me .... it's true????
The study indicates that tattooed bar patrons drank more than those without. Unless a tattoo forces one to go to a bar, this needs a control group of all those with tattoos who do not drink in bars. Another control dimension would be teetotalers vs. casual drinkers vs. bar patrons.
Just wait until these kids start hitting their 40s and beyond, and the skin on which those huge tattoos are placed starts to show its age. But perhaps you are correct; there are consequences to poor decisions made in our youth. Some are easier to get past than others. It's relatively easy to change your ideology or bad clothing choices and hairdo. It's a bit harder to give up drugs, and even harder to get past their consequenses. Getting rid of your tats that were oh so cool when you were 20 is going to be much more difficult. They scream "I was incapable of seeing my life more than a week into the future."
I think they are suggesting when you get drunk you are more likely to do dumb sht stuff..like get a tattoo you wish you hadn't..
Are their cars really smaller or do they just look smaller. And what about fat people driving trucks?
So, someone stands outside of a bar and ask each person coming out to take a breathalyzer test and ask if they have tattoos or piercings. This skews the responses for having had a drink or two unless people go to bars to drink softdrinks. This has as many problems as asking people leaving a tattoo parlour to take a breathalyzer test to see if they were drunk when they got the tattoo. The correlation is not that good, it can be an indicator of alcoholism if other factors were figured into the mix. Other wise, this is something to catagorize people into boxes that don't fit all the time.