"Addressing alcohol and drug related issues: reducing harm and supporting positive change"
Key Information

 

Alcohol and Pregnancy
Alcohol and Pregnancy
NO ALCOHOL = NO RISK Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause damage to the unborn baby
ASCERT Alcohol Services
ASCERT Alcohol Services
Support for concerns about a persons alcohol use and services for family members
Steps to Change
Steps to Change
Early intervention for adults and family members affected by substance use in WHSCT
Alcohol and You Services
Alcohol and You Services
A website with on-line tools to examine alcohol use and referral to support services
Alcohol and Sex

Alcohol and Sex

Sex is all about choices, and consent. If you really don't want to do something, don't be scared to say no. A decent, caring partner will understand and respect your decision and if anyone tries to pressurise you or force you into doing something you don't want to do, think hard about whether you want to continue the relationship.

You may decide that you're better off without them, no matter how much you love them. If a boyfriend or girlfriend threatens to dump you for not providing sexual favours, give them the shove first, and don't take any emotional abuse.

Although nobody has the right to do anything sexual to you without your consent, if you're getting completely off your head on alcohol, you could be putting yourself at risk. It's easy to forget about safer sex or even general personal safety if your judgement is seriously impaired. Some people just need to cut down a little, but for others it's a complex issue that relates to their self-esteem.

Alcohol is a depressive drug which makes the user feel more relaxed and can lead to the reduction of inhibitions (which means you ‘let go’ and do things you wouldnt normally do if you were sober). As more alcohol is taken the user becomes more uncordinated and less in controll and you may end up having sex with someone you wouldn’t dream of having sex with if you were sober.

Alcohol acts as an anasthetic and results in numbing of the genitals nerve cells making it harder to maintain an erection and reach orgasm. Over time heavy drinking could lead to impotency, shrinking of the genitals and a reduced sperm count. If you have ever heard about ‘Date Rape’ drugs Alcohol has to be at the top of that list.

 

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Charity Number: NIC101239