Sex, alcohol and drugs
Drugs are substances that some persons may smoke, swallow, snort, drink or inject. Drugs have one thing in common, they all influence your consciousness. They change your feelings, your mood, and your thinking and can impact your judgement.
Sexual risks associated with alcohol and drug use: top 5
- You get reckless. Alcohol and drugs can enhance your self-confidence, but you can also become reckless. When you’re sober again, you may find you’ve made the wrong choices.
- You can’t get the condom on. It is often more difficult to get the condom on when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There’s also a chance the condom may slip off because your penis doesn’t get hard as easily or doesn’t stay hard. Or you might forget to have safe sex or agree more easily to unsafe sex. Lots of people regret having unsafe sex afterwards.
- You are less focused on your boundaries. You are sometimes quicker to ignore your own wishes and boundaries when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. People can talk you into having sex more easily, or force you into it, when you’re under the influence. You may also be less alert to the wishes of your partner when you’ve taken something. Then you may overstep the other person’s boundaries.
- It’s addictive. After a while, some people are unable to have great sex without alcohol and drugs. While under the influence, they’re less inhibited, can go on for longer or have better orgasms. ‘Sober’ sex seems boring to them, and sometimes they depend on the drugs to get turned on.
- You forget to use contraception. Under the influence of alcohol or drugs you might forget to take your birth control pill. Excessive use can also make you nauseous, and if you vomit, the pill may come out too or may not protect you completely against unwanted pregnancy.
There are many disadvantages to using drugs before sexual contact, for example you may overstep your own or the other person’s boundaries. Read more on it’s effects and disadvantages.