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The young male cigarette and alcohol syndrome : smoking and drinking as a short-term mating strategy

Eveline Vincke (UGent)
(2016) EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY . 14(1). p.1-13
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Despite the many health risks of cigarette and alcohol use, high levels of smoking and drinking are being persisted. Moreover, young men engage more in these behaviors as compared to women. As male physical risk-taking behavior gains attractiveness in short-term mating contexts and given that smoking and drinking has considerable physical costs, this study explores the possibility that cigarette and alcohol use is part of a male short-term mating strategy. By means of a between-subjects experiment (N = 239), women’s perceptions of young male smoking and drinking were investigated. The experiment showed that women perceive men who smoke and drink as being more short-term oriented in their sexuality than non-users. Moreover, both cigarettes and (especially) alcohol use brought some attractiveness benefits in short-term mating contexts. A follow-up study (N = 171) confirmed that men’s behavior corresponds with women’s perceptions. Overall, these findings show that cigarette and alcohol use can operate as a short-term mating strategy.
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Alcohol, Cigarettes, Young men, Short-term mating strategy, Attractiveness, Signaling

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Vincke, Eveline. “The Young Male Cigarette and Alcohol Syndrome : Smoking and Drinking as a Short-term Mating Strategy.” EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY 14.1 (2016): 1–13. Print.
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Vincke, E. (2016). The young male cigarette and alcohol syndrome : smoking and drinking as a short-term mating strategy. EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY , 14(1), 1–13.
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Vincke, Eveline. 2016. “The Young Male Cigarette and Alcohol Syndrome : Smoking and Drinking as a Short-term Mating Strategy.” Evolutionary Psychology 14 (1): 1–13.
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Vincke, Eveline. 2016. “The Young Male Cigarette and Alcohol Syndrome : Smoking and Drinking as a Short-term Mating Strategy.” Evolutionary Psychology 14 (1): 1–13.
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Vincke E. The young male cigarette and alcohol syndrome : smoking and drinking as a short-term mating strategy. EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY . SAGE Publications; 2016;14(1):1–13.
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E. Vincke, “The young male cigarette and alcohol syndrome : smoking and drinking as a short-term mating strategy,” EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY , vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 1–13, 2016.
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  author       = {Vincke, Eveline},
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  journal      = {EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY },
  keywords     = {Alcohol,Cigarettes,Young men,Short-term mating strategy,Attractiveness,Signaling},
  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {SAGE Publications},
  title        = {The young male cigarette and alcohol syndrome : smoking and drinking as a short-term mating strategy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474704916631615},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2016},
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