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Annu Rev Sex Res. 2000;11:125-57.

Does alcohol lead to sexual risk behavior? Findings from event-level research.

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  • 1Center for AIDS Intervention Research Medical College of Wisconsin, 2071 N. Summit Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA. lsw@mcw.edu


The belief that alcohol use leads to sexual risk behavior is nearly ubiquitous. To determine if this belief is warranted, we identify theory and research regarding the alcohol, risky-sex link. We focus our review on studies that use the event-level methodology because this approach provides a particularly sensitive but stringent test of the situational alcohol, risky-sex connection. Overall, the data from available event-level studies indicate that people who use condoms when they are sober also tend to use them when drinking; people who fail to use condoms when drinking probably also fail to use them when sober. We recognize several empirical exceptions to this rule and provide suggestions for future research.

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