Alcohol use and alcohol/marijuana use during the most recent sexual experience differentially predict characteristics of the sexual experience among sexually active young adult drinkers

Anne M. Fairlie, Tracey A. Garcia, Christine M. Lee, Melissa A. Lewis

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Abstract

Introduction: Few studies have examined associations between using alcohol only and using both alcohol and marijuana with sexual behavior on specific occasions. The current study examined alcohol and marijuana use during the most recent sexual experience in association with relationship characteristics, psychological issues, and condom use. Methods: Young adult drinkers aged 18–25 who reported not using a condom during sex in the past month were recruited nationally. An analytic subsample (N = 378) was identified based on substance use during the most recent sexual experience [53% female, 70% Caucasian; mean age = 22.42 years (SD = 1.90)]. Using logistic regression, two dummy codes compared the alcohol use only group (n = 197) and the both alcohol and marijuana group (n = 95) to the group who used neither substance (n = 86). Participant sex, drinking frequency, and number of sexual partners were included as covariates. Results: The alcohol only group and the both alcohol and marijuana group had greater odds of being with a casual acquaintance and loss of respect compared to the group who used neither substance. The alcohol only group had greater odds of being with someone they just met and embarrassment compared to the group who used neither substance. No associations were found for condom use or emotional difficulties. Conclusions: Preventative interventions may need to address both alcohol and marijuana to more effectively reduce risky behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-108
Number of pages4
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume82
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Sexual behavior
  • Young adults

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