Title

Physical attractiveness and access to alcohol: What is beautiful does not get carded

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-1997

Abstract

This research examined whether previously documented social benefits associated with physical attractiveness would influence the decision to request proof of legal age for the purchase of alcohol. Undergraduates were presented with a photograph of a highly attractive or less attractive member of the opposite gender that they did/did not expect to meet. Results indicated that the opportunity to interact with a highly attractive member of the opposite gender significantly reduced the chances that the target would be asked to provide proof of legal age. Physical attractiveness was positively related to perceptions of age in the perception of male targets, but not for females. The implications of these findings for restricting alcohol availability among minors are considered.

Publication Name

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Volume Number

27

First Page

453

Last Page

462

Issue Number

5

DOI

10.1111/j.1559-1816.1997.tb00641.x

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