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. In a new study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, French researchers approached people leaving bars and asked if they’d be willing to take a breathalyzer; they also asked if the respondents had tattoos or piercings.
It was found that participants with piercings and/or tattoos as well as combined piercings and tattoos revealed higher levels of alcohol consumption. Men with tattoos and piercings tended to have had 44% more alcohol than those with neither; women with both tattoos and piercings tended to have had twice as much as women who had neither. Apparently, piercings and tattoos could serve as signs of alcohol consumption for educators, parents, and physicians.