Young adults with multiple sex
partners are more likely to develop alcohol or cannabis dependence, reveals a
new research done at the University of Otago.
Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health
& Development Study shows that young people are at greater odds of
developing substance disorders with increasing numbers of sexual partners. This
is a long running study and first of its kind to be researched upon; the
results were published in the US journal Archives
of Sexual Behavior
The study revealed that on
average men and women tend to have sex with at least 3 different partners in a
year. The reasons for the same vary from person to person. The researchers said
women mainly state the reasons such as love, emotional attachment and
commitment while for men it mostly is physical pleasure than the above reasons
as stated in Otago Times.
Substance use disorders have
found to be increased among women who have taken into having multiple sexual
partners. These include alcohol, cannabis use and other self-medications to
combat with the mental pressure of multiple sexual partners.
Study lead author Dr Sandhya
Ramrakha says that there exists a strong link between multiple sex partners and
later substance disorders in women. It remained even after the researchers took
into account any prior mental disorder, including alcohol and cannabis
This study also proved that women
who had multiple sexual partners before their 20years of age had 10times more
risk in developing substance use compared to those women who had single partner
or never had sexual partners at their young age. Even those women who took to
multiple sexual partners after 30's were less likely to be addicted to drugs or
This also led to the development of mental disorders
in women along with sexually transmitted illnesses. Use of self-medication has
also increased among this group. The study concluded that women who have
multiple sexual partners are more likely to take into drug addiction than men
who do the same.