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Effects of alcohol and blood alcohol concentration limb on sexual risk-taking intentions.
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PMID:  19515289     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Although there have been numerous investigations of alcohol's relationship to sexual risk taking, the vast majority of these studies have not examined whether the biphasic nature of alcohol intoxication differentially influences risky sexual decisions. Thus, a laboratory study was conducted to investigate the effects of alcohol consumption and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limb on sexual risk-taking intentions.
METHOD: Participants (N = 150; 51.3% male) were randomly assigned to consume alcoholic drinks (target peak BAC = .08%) or nonalcoholic drinks and then completed a hypothetical sexual risk assessment involving an opposite-gender new partner while on either the ascending BAC limb or descending BAC limb.
RESULTS: Alcohol intoxication resulted in increased sexual risk-taking intentions indirectly through its influence on perceived intoxication and, subsequently, sexual arousal. An interaction of beverage condition and BAC limb condition indicated that alcohol's effects on perceived intoxication varied significantly by limb, with those on the ascending limb reporting greater perceived intoxication than those on the descending limb.
CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest that future research and prevention efforts would be better informed through a more comprehensive consideration of BAC limb effects on sexual risk behaviors. Moreover, results indicate that prevention programs should address in-the-moment states, such as perceived intoxication and sexual arousal, in interventions targeting risky sexual decision-making processes.
Kelly Cue Davis; William H George; Jeanette Norris; Rebecca L Schacht; Susan A Stoner; Christian S Hendershot; Kelly F Kajumulo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs     Volume:  70     ISSN:  1938-4114     ISO Abbreviation:  J Stud Alcohol Drugs     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-11     Completed Date:  2009-09-01     Revised Date:  2013-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101295847     Medline TA:  J Stud Alcohol Drugs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  499-507     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Social Work, 4101 15th Ave NE, Box 354900, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 98105, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholic Intoxication / blood,  psychology*
Ethanol / blood*,  pharmacology
Models, Psychological
Sex Characteristics
Unsafe Sex / drug effects*,  psychology*
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