Even though the 80s are long gone, tanning bed addiction is alive and well, a recent study suggests. Fake rays are like crack for some UV bed frequenters.
Researchers decided to examine a link from tanning to substance abuse and depression in college students, and found that among 229 of them, 90 qualified as “addicted to indoor tanning.” And those addicts reported greater symptoms of anxiety and more drug and alcohol use.
Heavy tanners actually missed going outside to catch the sun’s natural rays. More than 3/4 of the most frequent tanners tried to cut down on indoor tanning sessions, but had been unable to, according to The New York Times.
How can a person be addicted to a neon blue lit coffin? As with exercise, research suggests that UV rays may release endorphins. And even though everyone in the study knew the health risks involved with tanning, it seems that – for some people – achieving that golden goddess glow might be worth a little skin cancer.