University of Southern Indiana

Alcohol and Sex

Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and interferes with decision-making, which makes for some potentially dangerous sexual situations.

At best, deciding to sleep with someone while you're under the influence can put you in an embarrassing predicament the next morning. At worst, it can cause you to be the victim of sexual assault or leave you with an STD.

As many as 70% of college students admit to having engaged in sexual activity primarily as a result of being under the influence of alcohol, or to having sex they wouldn't have had if they had been sober.

It's important to know that you cannot give consent for sex if you are intoxicated. This means that even if both you and your partner have been drinking, you could still be held responsible for sexual violence!

If you have questions about sexual violence or need someone to talk to, please see the USI Sexual Assault Prevention website, or contact the USI Counseling Center or Albion Fellows Bacon Center for help.

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