Title

The effects of physical attractiveness on gaining access to alcohol: When social policy meets social decision making

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-11-1997

Abstract

Despite numerous legal interventions, minors continue to purchase and consume alcohol. Prior research had suggested that the decision to request identification to prove legal age was susceptible to various judgement and decision heuristics. This research examined whether the physical attractiveness of the potential consumer and the presence or absence of others were significant predictors of alcohol accessibility. Bartenders (n = 130) rated a target individual who was either high or low in attractiveness. Results indicated that attractiveness was a significant predictor of 'proofing likelihood'. High levels of attractiveness were associated with a decrease in the likelihood of being asked to provide proof of legal age for the purchase of alcohol. Individuals presented alone were seen as significantly older than when grouped with others. Implications of these findings for the restriction of alcohol availability among minors are considered.

Publication Name

Addiction

Volume Number

92

First Page

597

Last Page

600

Issue Number

5

DOI

10.1111/j.1360-0443.1997.tb02916.x

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