Any parent child talk about sex
must include a discussion about alcohol.
Alcohol Alert .pdf >>
- When teens use alcohol, they take risks they wouldn’t
normally take. They have poor judgment and less control
over their actions.
- Young people who begin drinking before age 15 have four
times the risk of developing an alcohol addiction compared
with those who begin drinking at age 21.
- The more teens are involved in drinking, the more likely
they are to have had intercourse. Of 14-15 year olds who
report regular use of alcohol, 66% have had intercourse.
Of those who report no use of alcohol, 26% have had intercourse.
- Alcohol and Sexual Assault
- More than half of all rapists know their victim.
- One out of three rapes occur on a date.
- Often the rapist, the victim or both have been drinking.
- Alcohol can - lower self control and cause more aggressive
- make victims less alert to danger signals.
- cause victims to be alone with someone in a risky
situation and less able to defend themselves.
- Women and Alcohol
- Where men and women of the same size and weight drink
the same, women have 30% more alcohol in their blood stream.
- Women have more fat and less of the muscle fluids that
can dilute alcohol.
- Women have less alcohol dehydrogenase, the enzyme that
- Before and during menstruation women are more susceptible
to the effects of
- Although women feel less sexually inhibited by drinking,
sexual dysfunctions are often linked to alcohol abuse.
- Risk Reduction
- Don’t let anyone talk you into drinking.
- Notice if friends, especially your driver, are or have
- Don’t get into close, private situations with someone
who has been drinking.
- Don’t let a friend who has been drinking go off
alone with someone.
- Always have an "escape plan"
in case your driver has been drinking.
- The less you drink, the more you will be aware of everyone
else, your driver, your
friend - and even someone you don’t know who could
Mary Lee O’Connell, CRNP - 8/04