Sex, Drugs and Alcohol
Sound like fun?
Maybe not, because they can carry serious risks, especially when they’re mixed together. In some social circles, drugs and alcohol go hand in hand.
Teens usually start using drugs and alcohol at parties, with friends, bars and nightclubs. Why? Because drugs and alcohol can make you feel more relaxed, confident, and less inhibited.
It’s common for teens to get asked if they want to try drugs or alcohol. This is the time (around ages 12-19) when many people start experimenting with new experiences. There are a lot of dangerous things that can happen to someone who has been using drugs or alcohol.
Risky Sex – Sex-Drugs-Alcohol
If you’re drunk or high, you can’t make good decisions about sex. Don’t do something you might not remember or you might regret. Teen sex, drugsand alcohol use are connected. Research shows that many types of risky teen behavior, including drug use and sexual activity, tend to occur among the same teens.
Sometimes, it’s because drug users tend to be greater risk-takers than non-drug users. That means they might be more sexually active, might be less likely to use contraception when they have sex, may have more sexual partners, and may have started having sex at younger ages than non-drug users. Consider this…
- Teens who have used marijuana are four times more likely to have been pregnant or to have gotten someone pregnant than teens who have never smoked pot.
- Nearly 1/4 of sexually active teens and young adults age 15 to 24report having unprotected sex because of alcohol or drug use. And43% of teens and young adults say that they are concerned that they might do more sexually than they had planned because they were drinking or using drugs.
I’ll only having a few drinks.
Alcohol tolerance varies greatly between different people, and for some, a few drinks is all it takes to get drunk. Even if you’re only planning on having a small amount of alcohol, or sticking to soft drinks, you still need to keep your wits about you.
It’s possible that someone could spike your drink with“date rape” drugs like Rohypnol or GHB, which take as little as 15 minutes to kick in and can wipe out
your memory of what happens in the next eight hours, leaving you open to sexual assault and rape.
The most common drug used to spike people’s drinks is actually alcohol.Extra alcohol can be added to people’s drinks without them knowing, or attackers may simply buy someone more and more drinks until they get drunk beyond the point where they know what they’re doing.
Acquaintance rape is when a person is forced to perform a sexual act when they do not want to and the person forcing or raping them is a person they know. In many cases of acquaintance rape, one or both of the people involved were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
At parties, a person is often surrounded by a lot of people they either know or have just met. The combination of a lot of people and drugs or alcohol can lead to dangerous things happening.
Here Are Some Reasons Why
- People may be drunk or high and not thinking clearly.
- A drunk or high person may not sense danger as quickly as a sober person.
- Innocent flirting may lead to unwanted or forced sex.
- A person under the influence may become violent and force someone into having sex.
- A person who has been drinking or using drugs may blackout and not remember exactly what happened.
Sexual assault and acquaintance rape are types of violence that are most likely to occur in social settings.
A study published in the “Journal of Sex Education and Therapy” reported that of those students who had been victims of some type of sexual aggression while in college, from rape to intimidation, 68 percent of their male assailants had been drinking at the time of the attack.
Drug and Alcohol use increases problems with misinterpretation of sexual intent and can be used to justify assault. Studies show that many college men believe that alcohol increases arousal and justifiable non-consensual sex. They also believe thatwomen who had two or more drinks are more interested
than other women in having sex.
I’m going to do drugs, but only once…
There are lots of people out there who say “only once” and end up doing drugs regularly or even getting addicted. No one starts taking drugs with the intention of becoming an addict or using them regularly. It’s always a case of “I’ll just try them” or “I’m just an occasional user.”
Cunning, Baffling and Powerful
Many people who continue to experiment with drugs stop thinking about the risks and start using regularly. Before they know it, the drugs have caused changes to the structure and function of their brains, and they feel the urge to keep taking those drugs.
Another thing to remember is that you only have to take some drugs once for them to have a serious effect, or even kill you. There are many cases where people have died after doing drugs like heroin, ecstasy and solvents(inhalants) for the first time.
Does Drugs And Alcohol Make Sex Better?
Sexual performance can actually diminish after a night out. Alcohol is an anesthetic. It numbs the genitals’ nerve cells, making it more difficult to reach orgasm. Alcohol can also make it harder for males to achieve an erection. Drugs can have a similar affect.
Some people take drugs like ecstasy (MDMA), cocaine (coke) and amphetamines (speed) to make them more sexually excited, to make them “last longer” in bed, or because they think that it will give them a more pleasurable orgasm. However these drugs can actually cause erection and orgasm problems.
When a person uses drugs or alcohol, they often feel they are invincible or that nothing can hurt them. People in this state of mind are less concerned about their personal safety and the safety of their friends. Many car crashes and other injuries, such as drownings and falls, happen as a result of using drugs or alcohol.
- During a typical weekend, an average of one teen dies each hourin a car crash; 50% of those crashes involved alcohol.
A person using drugs or alcohol is more likely to become violent. Alcohol and other drug use is involved in approximately:
- 50% of spouse abuse cases;
- 49% of homicides;
- 38% of child abuse cases; and
- 52% of rapes.
More than any other drug, alcohol is linked with domestic violence, assault, homicide and suicide. Alcohol and drugs do not only influence a person to act violently, but they can also encourage or provoke violence in the sober people around the alcohol or drug user.
Trouble With The Law
For starters, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol in the United States. If you are caught drinking and driving, you can get your license taken away and/or spend some time in jail. Also many drugs are illegal and you can get into serious trouble with the law if caught with them in your possession; even if the drugs are your friend’s, you can get into trouble.
If you don’t use drugs and alcohol, you might want to choose friends who don’t either because you could find yourself getting into trouble just for being around drugs and alcohol.
People who become addicted to drugs and alcohol are very likely to have a criminal record because they often steal or commit other crimes just to support their habit.
A Teen Gets An STD Every Eight Seconds!
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are very real and happen to many teens. One out of four sexually active teens has a STD (STI).
STDs (STIs) are among the most common infectious diseases in the U.S. today. In fact, 10,000 teens are infected by STDs and (STIs) per day, or one teen every eight seconds! Another startling fact is that one out of every four sexually active teens has an STD (STI).
Loss Of Friends And Family
A person with a drug or alcohol problem may begin to lose their friends and family. Unfortunately, an addiction is a disease and someone addicted to drugs or alcohol cares more about the drugs then their loved ones.
Parents Still Influence College Kids Risky Behavior
New research shows that parents influence their child’s likelihood of involvement with drugs, alcohol and risky sexual activity even after their child leaves for college.
Students who said they had a good relationship with their fathers had a lower likelihood of doing drugs or engaging in risky sexual behaviors. When they had a good relationship with their mothers, students were less likely to drink alcohol.
Under those circumstances, the researchers found that students were less likely to be involved in any of the three risk behavior categories studied:drugs, alcohol and risky sexual activity.
Alcohol use is the best predictor of whether teenagers are sexually active, regardless of their race or gender, a new University of Florida study finds.
The study is based on a survey of more than 15,000 students between the ages of 12 and 17 found that the average age at which teenagers become sexually active is 14. As with using heavy amounts of alcohol, getting low grades or experiencing peer pressure made teenagers of both sexes and across all ethnic groups more likely to have intercourse, the study found.
Low church attendance and viewing God as unimportant in one’s life increased the likelihood of sexual activity for both males and females.
The results of the study suggest that parents, programs and communities should focus their efforts on trying to decrease the risk factors and increase opportunities for adolescents to build the skills necessary to deal with difficult situations.
Making that extra effort to attend church services or allowing your child to participate in youth groups at church would be helpful.
You could also encourage your teen to get involved in extracurricular activities that allow them to build their skills and teen self-esteem.