Alcohol acts as a social lubricant but can lead to serious consequences such as unprotected sex, or unconsented sex. This is because alcohol can reduce inhibitions and can result in poor decision making when people are intoxicated.
Try to make an informed decision ahead of time about whether or not to have sex. Think about how you are going to talk about it, such as how to say no or how to talk about safe sex. Your friends, parents or a counsellor may be able to help you. 1
If there is any chance that sex might happen, take the necessary precautions.
The contraceptive pill does not protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Blood Borne Viruses (BBV). Using condoms and water based lubricants can help reduce your risk of catching or passing on STIs or BBVs. 1
Take the time to learn how to put a condom on correctly (there is a knack, and you might not want to learn new tricks while intoxicated) and make sure you carry condoms and a water-based lubricant. 1
Being intoxicated can affect your decisions and judgement. To keep yourself and your friends safe:
For more information about staying safe, being prepared and keeping cautious, visit www.getthefacts.health.wa.gov.au
1 Department of Health, Communicable Disease Control Directorate and the Drug and Alcohol Office. Who or what will you pick up at the party? Factors to consider.
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