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An All Too Regular Duo – Excess Alcohol And Risky Sexual Behaviour

excessive drinking and risky sexual behaviour

The revelation that excessive drinking and risky sexual behaviour are all too often bedfellows will surprise few. Let’s take a deeper look at the actual consequences when the two collide.

Lowered inhibitions = Increased risks:

It is a well-known fact that drinking alcohol lowers a person’s inhibitions. Lowered inhibitions mean that both men and women are more likely to be involved in casual sexual behaviour. When under the influence of alcohol this also increases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in 3 key ways:

  • They will be more agreeable to having sex with multiple partners
  • Unprotected sex is far more common
  • Combining illegal drugs with alcohol encourages a ‘no limits’ list of sexual activities.

Being drunk also encourages a person to perform sexual acts that would not normally be on their agenda. Most of the time these acts will cause deep regret once they sober up.

Binge drinking and sexual activities:

Excessive drinking and risky sexual behaviour – Binge drinking is a major pre-cursor to risky sexual behaviour with women affected more than men. A study by the National Institute for Health (NIH). Found that women who binge drink are twice as likely to engage in anal sex compared with those who consume alcohol but do not binge drink. Also, they are 3 times as likely as women who do not drink alcohol.

Almost 50% of men and women who had sex after binge drinking stated that they regretted their actions. They also stated that it would not have happened had they been sober.

Alcohol and cheating on a permanent partner:

This is another reason that excessive drinking should be avoided. Being drunk increases the probability of adopting a ‘devil-may-care’ attitude. Although a person is living with, or has a long-term partner they are comfortable with this can be forgotten if they get too drunk to care.

Sadly, fidelity often goes out of the window and before they realise the consequences of their actions they are involved in sexual acts with another person. In the vast majority of cases such action would not have been entertained. What may have seemed like a harmless bit of sexual fun with another person often turns into the beginning of the end for the permanent relationship.

Alcohol and sexual assault:

Men who are drunk are far more likely to commit sexual assault than those who are sober. It is also the case that women under the influence of alcohol are more likely to be victims of such an assault.

Those men who are apprehended for such actions should not expect the amount of alcohol consumed to be accepted by law courts as an excuse for their behaviour.

Alcohol in moderation and sex:

Excessive drinking and risky sexual behaviour –  Drinking alcohol in moderation relaxes a person and can help bring a couple closer together. Enjoying a quiet drink together can enhance the personal and sexual side of a relationship for both partners. It also means that both partners are fully aware of what they are committing to.

Those men and women looking for a loving, close relationship where sex is not only enjoyed but remembered should bear in mind the problems that heavy drinking can bring to their doorstep.

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