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Drug Fucked

Final nail in the coffin for sex fad?

MORE hanky panky can lead to more wackybacky, as new research has discovered a correlationbetween the number of sexual partners you haveand alcohol/drug dependence.The findings—part of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study—shows young people are at greater risk ofdeveloping substance abuse, the greater number of sexual partners they have had. Study lead author Dr Sandhya Ramrakha saysthere are many possible explanations behind thepromiscuous and addictive behaviour reported.“Multiplepartners and alcohol/drug usearepartofa ‘cluster’ of risk-taking behaviours of young adults.”In addition to the clusterfuck, Ramrakha also noted the unsurprising correlation between the effects of alcohol and drugs and the confidence to get your kit off.“Context may be a further explanation–pubs and bars are also places where one can easily meet partners”, said Ramrahka.

 

The study used data which tracked the health and behaviour of more than 1000 people since their birth in 1972-3, and focussed on their sexual partners and mental health between the ages of 18 and 30.The study highlighted that women who have multiple sexual partners are at higher risk ofsubstance abuse than men.Women who had more than two partners per year greatly increased their odds of having an addiction, she said.“When we used a model to compare men orwomen who had more than 10-20 sex partners in thesame periods, we found that these women were muchmore likely to have a substance disorder than men.“For example, it may be the impersonal nature of short-term relationships or the effect ofmultiple failed relationships.”Dr Ramrakha says more research is needed to determine why there is a risk to taking your kit off, so that solutions can be found.

 

Phillipa Webb

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