LARC

Sex and Alcohol


It is illegal to drink/buy alcohol under the age of 18. Quite often people feel more relaxed and less inhibited (more likely to take risks) when they've been drinking alcohol. It is important to remember the effect alcohol can have on the decisions you make. Some people may take more risks with their sexual behaviour when they have been drinking.

This could mean:

  • Having sex when they normally would not
  • Being less likely to use a condom
  • Not being able to remember if they had sex or if they agreed to having sex
  • Being more likely to regret having sex

If someone is drunk and can't look after themselves properly, they can put themselves in some very dangerous situations. It could mean being robbed, not getting home on time, or losing their possessions. In some very serious cases it could mean being sexually assaulted or raped.

After drinking alcohol:

  • 1 in 7 16-to-24-year-olds have had unprotected sex (sex without condoms)
  • 1 in 5 have had sex that they regretted
  • 1 in 10 have been unable to remember if they had sex the night before

60 per cent of young women who have an STI say they were under the influence of alcohol when they had sex with the infected person (Brook, 2010).

If someone is drunk and can't look after themselves properly, they can put themselves in some very dangerous situations.

Mixing sex and alcohol increases the risk of unplanned pregnancy or STIs because you are less likely to use a condom. If you do try to use a condom, you are also more likely to do it incorrectly by tearing it or putting it on the wrong way, which can cause a condom to break or slip off during sex.

Make sure you carry enough condoms on you in case you damage one.

Remember, it is illegal to have sex with a person who is incapacitated (passed out) due to the use of alcohol.

If you do decide to drink alcohol, make sure you stay safe at all times. Make sure you and your friends look after each other. Watch your drinks at all times in case someone tries to spike your drink and never leave drinks unattended. Wait until you are sober to make any big decisions and know who to call when you need help or assistance.

For more information why not check out the following websites:


Contacts

You Choose
info@uchooseonline.co.uk

NHS Direct
0845 4647

Sex - Worth Talking About
0800 28 29 30

 Lambeth Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood Partnership
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