Substance Use and Sex

Sexual Assault and Alcohol

Half of all sexual assault perpetrators are under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault, with estimates ranging from 30%-75%.

~Antonia Abbey, Alcohol and Sexual Violence Perpetration www.vawnet.org

Alcohol is the most common date rape drug.

Many substances (including alcohol) inhibit clear thinking, impair decision making and judgment, and prevent one’s ability to consent.

A person cannot give consent to sex when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. Intoxication is not a defense against sexual assault. You and your partner must clearly communicate before sex. Alcohol numbs nerve endings and dulls sensation making sex less physically enjoyable. Alcohol also decreases a female’s ability to self-lubricate, making sex potentially painful.