Monday, September 22, 2008

Women who binge drink are at higher risk for unsafe sex and STDs

Science Daily reported on September 15, 2008 on a study which will appear in the November, 2008 issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research which found that women who binge drink are at greater risk for unsafe sex and STDs. Clinicians have known this for years, but it is validating to now have some research evidence of what was clinically known. Here is a snippet from the article in Science Daily:

Binge drinking (5+ alcoholic beverages at one time) is associated with risky sexual behaviors. A new study is one of the few to examine this association by gender in an urban clinic for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Results show that binge drinking among women attending the clinic was linked to unsafe sexual practices – such as multiple partners and anal sex – and high rates of gonorrhea.
"The link between binge drinking and risky sexual behavior is complex," said Heidi E. Hutton, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as corresponding author for the study. "We wanted to examine one component of that relationship, whether binge drinking increased the risk of engaging in sexual behaviors and having STDs. We found gender differences in binge drinking among patients at an STD clinic, and also that binge drinking increased STD risk for women."

1 comment:

David G. Markham said...

Living in a college town, Brockport, NY I see the binge drinking that goes on. Beer pong seems to be a favorite.

The partying seems to be less this year and I am hoping that the alcohol prevention messages are having some positive influence.

All the best,

David Markham