A recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology investigated the use of the CAGE-alcohol abuse screening too, somewhat modified- and another similar tool in beachgoers on a Texas beach. The authors reported that 26% of participants could be classified as having a "substance-related disorder" on the basis of the CAGE screening tool and 53% using the modified DSM-IV-R diagnostic criteria
Some skeptics might say that this is really a stretch and one more example of a hypertrophied tendency to medicalize every human behavior and trait and a rampant nanny-ism wherein we must figure out a way to stop everyone from doing anything that might be considered foolish, unhealthy or contrary to what the nagging nannies would have us do or not do.
The Archives article suggested that the recognition of tanning as substance-related disorder opens the door to possible new techniques to curb the practice, particularly in regard to tanning salons and the legal prohibition of children using them. They say outdoor UV exposure control might be more problematic ( Ya think).
Hello, I'm Kevin, I'm a u-v light exposure holic. Hello Kevin. (And another thing is U-V light exposure a substance?