Indoor Tanning Addiction Linked to Anxiety, Drug Abuse
April 19, 2010 -- Indoor tanning can be addictive, and people who are hooked
on tanning beds may also be prone to anxiety and substance abuse problems,
according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology.
Despite the well-publicized risks of skin cancer, indoor tanning is on the
rise among adolescents and young adults. Many people still feel that they look
better when they are tan and report that the act of tanning is relaxing. The
industry is booming, despite federal efforts aimed at regulating and taxing
In the new study of 421 students from a large Northeastern university, 229
students had tanned in indoor salons. Of these, 160 met criteria for indoor
tanning addiction. In general, indoor tanning addicts tanned more frequently
than their non-addicted counterparts. The college students who were addicted to
indoor tanning were also more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and/or greater
use of alcohol, marijuana, and other substances, than their peers who were not
addicted to indoor tanning.