Is tanning addictive?

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According to a study published in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology, 39.3% of 229 college students completing a survey met DSM-IV criteria for addiction. Catherine E. Mosher, PhD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and Sharon Danoff-Burg, PhD, of the State University of New York at Albany, explained that those who were considered to be “problem tanners” admitted to behaviors such as feeling annoyed when they were told they were tanning too much, skipping work in order to use tanning beds, and trying unsuccessfully to cut down. “Tanning may be conceptualized as an addictive behavior for a subgroup of individuals who tan indoors,” Mosher and Danoff-Burg wrote. The researchers found that tanning addicts had an increased association with alcohol use, marijuana use, moderate to severe anxiety symptoms, and, of course, higher than average tanning bed use =0). Click here to read an article from New York Daily News that discusses this study more.

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