Alcohol And Unsafe Sex – Researchers in Canada performed a study that shows that the risk of unsafe sex rose when alcohol was involved.
They analyzed the results of 12 experiments in which people were randomly assigned to drink or not to drink and then probed about their willingness to have sex without a condom. The more people drank, the researchers found, the worse their decisions, an increase in blood alcohol level of 0.1 mg/mL led to a 5% increase in the likelihood of unprotected sex.
The researchers are linking the alcohol consumption and increased risk of unsafe risk with a rise in the HIV infection. Unsafe sex is the most common cause of HIV infection and finding ways to prevent unsafe sex is a major goal of public health efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS.
“Drinking has a causal effect on the likelihood to engage in unsafe sex, and thus should be included as a major factor in preventive efforts for HIV,” said principal investigator Juergen Rehm of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, in a statement.
Rehm added, “This result also helps explain why people at risk often show this behavior despite better knowledge: alcohol is influencing their decision processes.”