Study suggests tanning addiction is possible

By WEEK Producer

June 19, 2014 Updated Jun 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM CDT

A new study suggests it is possible to be addicted to tanning.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital exposed mice to a daily dose of UV radiation for six weeks.

After a week of exposure, researchers found elevated endorphin levels in the mice.

Those are "feel-good" hormones that have an impact similar to heroin.

The mice were then given a drug to block the feel-good hormones. They experienced symptoms of withdrawal.

While they study is in mice, researchers say it proves UV exposure could trigger addictive behaviors.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.