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Alcohol can lead to you embarrassing yourself and your friends, being ill, making bad decisions (if you don’t fancy someone when you’re sober, you don’t want to go there when you’re drunk), getting into fights or being aggressive.

Some people will also take advantage of you if you’re too drunk to know what you’re doing.

Alcohol lowers our inhibitions which means that we could take more risks than we would when sober…

We tend to be more trusting after drinking alcohol and when you have got your ‘beer goggles’ on you may end up going off with or having sex with someone that you would not usually go with if sober.

You may forget or decide not to use a condom

If you do remember to use a condom, being drunk means that you’re more likely to put it on wrong or split it.

In addition… In both men and women, who drink heavily over prolonged periods, can shrink external genitals!

Poor Sexual Performance

Alcohol numbs the nerve cells in our sex organs, which can make it very difficult to reach orgasm. It can also stop men from getting and keeping an erection and stop women from producing enough natural lubrication for pain-free sex.

Drinking too much is also linked with depression, which can lead to a decrease in sexual desire.


If you are trying for a baby it is advised that you should stop drinking alcohol to increase your chances of conceiving, as some women who drink heavily can find it harder to get pregnant. Women who drink heavily can also find that their periods may stop altogether.

Excessive alcohol use in men can make them less fertile; it can kill sperm and lead to temporary impotence.

Unwanted Pregnancy

Drunken sex can to lead to unplanned pregnancies, and also puts you at higher risk of catching sexually transmitted infections.

Damage to Unborn Babies

Alcohol can affect your unborn baby, because whatever alcohol you drink passes to the baby through the placenta. Babies are so tiny and the liver is one of the last organs to develop, therefore the alcohol has a greater and longer lasting affect on the baby than it does on you.

Drinking alcohol heavily during pregnancy and binge drinking can lead to a range of problems which are associated with FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). So if you are pregnant avoid alcohol altogether, this is because no one knows what a safe level is and NEVER GET DRUNK

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Useful links

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. They can put you in touch with local group meetings; call 0845 769 7555

Drinkline is the National Alcohol helpline. If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence, 24 hours a day. They can put you in touch with your local alcohol advice centre for help and advice. Call 0800 917 8282.

DrinkCheck can help you find out more about your drinking. Just answer the 10 questions.

The Drinkaware Trust is an independent UK-wide organization that aims to improve our drinking behaviour and the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm.

An online self-help programme for anyone worried about their drinking, providing an interactive six-week programme to help you cut down; confidential, free and accessible 24 hours a day.

Addaction is a UK-wide treatment agency, helping individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.

ADFAM offers information and advice for families of alcohol and drug users. The website has a list of local family support services. Telephone: 020 7553 7640

Worldwide organisation Al-Anon offering support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Confidential Helpline: 020 740 30 888, open from 10am to 10pm

The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, offering a helpline, newsletter, information and a support group for families.

National drugs awareness site for young people and parents/carers.
Confidential helpline: 0800 77 66 00.

Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse. Who work to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to increase the range and quality of services available to people with alcohol-related problems.

The Institute of Alcohol Studies is an independent organisation with the broad aim of increasing awareness of alcohol related issues in society.

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