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Too Much Alcohol Linked to Unsafe Sex, Study Confirms
HealthDay News via OO ^ | HealthDay News

Posted on 12/12/2011 8:18:32 AM PST by Enosh

MONDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) — Drinking too much alcohol can lead to unsafe sex, a new study confirms.

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.

Alcohol use has long been associated with HIV incidence. However, it hasn’t been clear whether unsafe sex associated with alcohol use actually led to HIV infection, or whether certain personality traits, such as sensation-seeking or risky behavior, led to both alcohol use and unsafe sex.

In this study, researchers led by Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at theCentre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario, Canada, conducted 12 experiments that tested this cause-and-effect relationship. They concluded that alcohol affects decision-making and that this effect increases with the amount of alcohol consumed.

The more alcohol the participants drank, the more willing they were to engage in unsafe sex, the study authors said. For each 0.1 milligrams per milliliter increase in blood alcohol level, there was a 5 percent increase in a participant’s likelihood of having unsafe sex.

The study is published in the January issue of the journal Addiction.

“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,” Rehm commented in a journal news release. “This result also helps explain why people at risk often show this behavior despite better knowledge: Alcohol is influencing their decision processes.”

More information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more about practicing safer sex atwomenshealth.gov.


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1 posted on 12/12/2011 8:18:37 AM PST by Enosh
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To: Enosh

This is news ??


2 posted on 12/12/2011 8:19:42 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Enosh

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 12/12/2011 8:20:42 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Enosh

Duh!


4 posted on 12/12/2011 8:20:42 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: Enosh
The more alcohol the participants drank, the more willing they were to engage in unsafe sex, the study authors said.

Another way of saying it is "the girls always look better at closing time."

5 posted on 12/12/2011 8:21:43 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: Enosh

Kinda like saying the sunrise increases the chance of daylight...


7 posted on 12/12/2011 8:22:17 AM PST by Tigerized (Occupy Wall Street? Go find the real culprits in the Capitol Building...)
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To: Enosh

Funny how its focused on HIV only.


8 posted on 12/12/2011 8:22:35 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Enosh

Y’ think?

Candy is dandy...


9 posted on 12/12/2011 8:22:44 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Enosh

DUH! How many of our taxpayer dollars were wasted to discover this infomration?


10 posted on 12/12/2011 8:23:03 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Mittt Romney - he lacks the courage of his absence of convictions .)
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To: Enosh
Ummmm. DUH!

I just wish I could get re-imbursed for my 'study' expenses. 3 houses for women that eventually hated me, putting countless lawyer's kids through college, etc... ;)

/johnny

11 posted on 12/12/2011 8:23:08 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Enosh
Drinking too much alcohol can lead to ...

... trouble ... You name it.

12 posted on 12/12/2011 8:23:48 AM PST by OldNavyVet
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To: Enosh

Reminds me of a line one of my Facebook peeps posted recently. “The commercial says every kiss begins with Kay, but I’m willing to bet a good number of kisses begin with a couple of bottles of Miller Lite”.


13 posted on 12/12/2011 8:24:09 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Enosh

HEY!!!

Where’s MY grant money???!!!

I did a 40 year study and didn’t get a nickle!!!!


14 posted on 12/12/2011 8:25:08 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: Enosh
Paging Captain Obvious.

Wonder how many of my tax dollars it took to find this out?

15 posted on 12/12/2011 8:25:08 AM PST by wbill
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To: EagleUSA
The "news" part, I'd say, is that someone had to pay for this study.

I'm sure a great many FReeper gents would have gladly contributed data points for free.

16 posted on 12/12/2011 8:25:23 AM PST by Enosh (†)
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To: Enosh
They concluded that alcohol affects decision-making and that this effect increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. The more alcohol the participants drank, the more willing they were to engage in unsafe sex, the study authors said.

Who'd 'a' thunk it?

17 posted on 12/12/2011 8:26:25 AM PST by NRA1995 (Obama's presidency is shovel-ready; let's bury it in 2012!)
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To: Enosh

it leads to unsafe everything else, I don’t know why sex would be any different.


18 posted on 12/12/2011 8:26:40 AM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’ve got a buddy who’s fond of saying that instead of getting married again, he’s just going to find a woman he doesn’t like and buy her a house. Figures that it will be cheaper in the long run.


19 posted on 12/12/2011 8:26:58 AM PST by wbill
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I’m so glad we have government studies to spend millions discovering an obvious fact that every 15 year old boy instinctively knows.


20 posted on 12/12/2011 8:27:40 AM PST by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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