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On the Horizon
August 18, 2008

UV Light Abuse as a Substance-Related DisorderClinical Implications

Author Affiliations
 

CRAIG A.ELMETSMDMOLLY A.HINSHAWMDJAY C.KLEMMEMD, MPHMARK R.PITTELKOWMDMARIA L. CHANCOTURNERMDMARTIN A.WEINSTOCKMD, PhDDAVID T.WOODLEYMD

Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(8):1047-1048. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.8.1047

UV Light Abuse and High-Risk Tanning Behavior Among Undergraduate College Students Poorsattar SP, Hornung RL. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007;56(3):375-379.

The failure of efforts to alter tanning behaviors may be a result of the addictive nature of UV light. A survey was administered to undergraduate college students to determine the existence of substance-related disorder (SRD). Of 385 respondents, 12% scored positively on the cut down, annoyed, guilty, eye-opener indicating SRD. Women, indoor tanners, students with tanning family and friends, and frequent tanners were significantly more likely than their peers to score positively. A significant proportion of college students demonstrate evidence of SRD with respect to UV light.

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