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Alcohol Use can Spur People Towards Risky Sexual Behavior

by Savitha C Muppala on December 12, 2011 at 10:28 PM
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 Alcohol Use can Spur People Towards Risky Sexual Behavior

New research has pointed out that the tendency to engage in risky sex increases with alcohol consumption and is pronounced if a person drinks a lot.

Infact, when people begin to consume alcohol and the quantity increases, the tendency to have unprotected sex also rose.

Consumption of alcohol affects decision-making negatively. Research has also shown that for every increase in blood alcohol level of 0.1 mg/ml, there was a 5% increase in the desire to have unprotected sex.

"Alcohol use is an independent risk factor for intentions to engage in unprotected sex, and as risky sex intentions have been shown to be linked to actual risk behaviour, the role of alcohol consumption in the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections may be of public health importance,"researchers said.

Source: Medindia

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