Unprotected sex ‘linked to alcohol use’

Independent (UK) 12 Dec 2011
The more a person drinks the more likely they are to have unprotected sex, according to research. Experts found that for every slight increase in alcohol consumption, a person’s willingness to engage in risky sex got stronger. This held true even when other factors, such as sensation-seeking or a general tendency to risky behaviour, were taken into account. Experts from the University of Toronto analysed the results of 12 studies involving men and women which looked at the relationship between alcohol and unsafe sex. After pooling the results, they found alcohol consumption affects decision-making, and this impact rises with the amount of alcohol consumed. Every increase in blood alcohol level of 0.1 mg/ml led to a 5% increase in the intention to engage in unprotected sex.