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Vol 37 (6 Issues in 2013)
Edited by: Professor John Lowe (Managing Editor), Professor Rod McClure, Professor Alistair Woodward, Dr Priscilla Robinson, Dr Sandra Campbell and Dr Anna Ziersch
Print ISSN: 1326-0200 Online ISSN: 1753-6405
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Students regret sex
Many secondary school students regret having sex after drinking too much alcohol.
This is the finding from a study published in the February issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Led by Paul Agius from La Trobe University, the study analysed data relating to young people’s sexual behaviour and its association with alcohol – specifically binge and compulsive drinking.
“Significant numbers of students drank excessive amounts of alcohol and at times, lost control of the ability to stop drinking,” said Mr Agius.
“Under half (44%) the students had experienced sex in the past year.
“Of those who were sexually active, approximately one in five reported sex with three or more people in the past 12 months, with 5% of female students having sex that resulted in pregnancy.
“Not surprisingly, students who drank large amounts of alcohol were at greater risk of having sex which they later regretted because of alcohol use.
“The finding is concerning because having sex you regret may mean you didn’t feel in control of the experience.
“These students were also more likely to have multiple sexual partners over a year.
“On a positive note, condom use remained relatively stable across both heavy and non-heavy drinking student populations.
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