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Young People Often Link Alcohol And Drugs To Sex

By Daniel H. Rasolt

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2008

(Defeat Diabetes® News) -- Many young males and females are taking drugs and drinking alcohol with the specific intention of increasing the likelihood and enjoyment of sexual activities, according to a recent study.
According to the study, approximately one third of males between 16-35 years of age, and one quarter of females of the same age, "are drinking alcohol to increase their chances of sex." The study also concluded that for both sexes, "cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis are intentionally used to enhance sexual arousal or prolong sex."
More than 1,300 socially and sexually active individuals were questioned for the study. On average, the participants had their first drink between 14-15 years old, approximately 75% had tried cannabis (marijuana), and approximately 30% had tried cocaine or ecstasy.
While it was conclusively determined that many individuals consumed these substances with sexual intentions, it was also observed that the consumption also resulted in high instances of regretful and often dangerous activities concerning sexual activities. According to the study, "participants who had been drunk in the past four weeks were more likely to have had five or more partners, sex without a condom and to have regretted sex after drink or drugs in the past 12 months. Cannabis, cocaine or ecstasy use was linked to similar consequences."
Study author Dr. Mark Bellis notes the troubling fact that "despite the negative consequences, we found many are deliberately taking these substances to achieve quite specific sexual effects." Co-author Dr. Amador Calafat says that "Interventions addressing sexual health are often developed, managed and implemented independently from those addressing substance use, and vice versa. However, young people often see alcohol, drugs and sex all as part of the same social experience and addressing these issues requires an equally joined up approach."
If young people link substance use and sex in such a clear way, and often suffer both mental and physical harm because of it, a better effort needs to be made to educate young people about the dangers of these activities being done simultaneously. As noted by Dr. Calafat above, there is a lot of information about the dangers of sex, drugs and alcohol, independently, but very little linking them together. This lack of information could lead to further incidences of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's), unwanted pregnancies and mental instabilities by young people thinking alcohol and drugs lead to a better sex life.

Source: Defeat Diabetes Foundation: Webber, Charlotte. Bellis, Mark. Calafat, Amador. BioMed Central news release. May 2008

Daniel H. Rasolt writes for Defeat Diabetes® News. Read more of his original content articles.

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