Tanning Addicts Love Booze and Pot, Too

Indoor sunbathing junkies use more drugs, feel more anxious: docs
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2010 5:15 PM CDT
A woman lies in a tanning booth in Anchorage, Dec. 14, 2005. Users who are susceptible to addiction can get hooked on indoor tanning, scientists say.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
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(Newser) – Indoor tanning creates addicts, and college students hooked on artificial sunbathing use more pot and booze than their unaddicted counterparts, researchers say. Fifty of 229 subjects were considered clinically addicted to tanning as well as alcohol and drugs, but the results didn't isolate a cause-and-effect relationship, Reuters notes. Whether getting hooked on artificial rays or genuine controlled substances, users go through "a similar addictive process," Bloomberg reports.

A rep for an industry trade group questioned the results. " They're labeling this as an addiction to attract your attention, the media's attention," he said. "but whether it is useful science, I think the jury is very much out on it. "

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