When it's Not OK

If you choose to have sex, that’s your choice. But what about when it isn’t actually a thought out decision?

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Alcohol and drug use can have very serious consequences, not only because of the damage they can do to your body, but also because they affect a person’s ability to make judgments -  including those about sexual behaviour. This can mean going further than a person may have intended or having unprotected sex, which can lead to sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. It also greatly increases the chances of sexual assault.

According to a study by SexSmarts (a partnership between the Seventeen Magazine and the Kaiser Family Foundation) nearly one in five teenagers lose their virginity while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Most people want their first time to be special, but under these circumstances it is unlikely that it will be either special or with the right person.