Consuming alcohol lowers your inhibitions and interferes with your decision making – this can create some potentially unsafe sexual situations.
At least one out of five university students abandon safer sex practices when they're drunk, even if they do protect themselves when they're sober.
For example, after a big drinking night you may wake up in the morning not remembering what you did or with whom you did it. You may have put yourself at risk of an unplanned pregnancy, contracting an STI or becoming a victim of sexual assault.
It is important to drink responsibly and within non-harmful levels, and always practise safer sex or you run the risk of facing problems such as these. The Tertiary Alcohol Project provides information on standard drinks and drinking responsibly.
Drink spiking is a serious issue and can put young people into very unsafe sexual situations. It is important to be aware of what you are drinking and to take steps to ensure your own safety.
You can access information from the WA Police on drink spiking for more useful information.
Up to 70 per cent of university students admit to having engaged in sexual activity primarily as a result of being under the influence of alcohol, or to having sex that they wouldn't have had if they were sober.