Alcohol + Teen Sex

There’s no denying that teens can be sexually active.  However, research shows those teens that use alcohol or drugs are at greater risk for unplanned sexual intercourse, sexual violence, exposure to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and unplanned pregnancy.  They also are more likely to have sex more often than teens that don’t drink at all.  And if a teen indulges in excessive or binge drinking (five or more drinks in a row), they are at even greater risk of engaging in unprotected sex and other risky behaviors.

Teens—both boys and girls– who don’t drink are much less likely to become sexually active. Teens who have high levels of support from their parents are also less likely to have sex than teens who don’t feel much parental support.

Here’s an interesting fact: teens who believe their parents approve of adolescent sexual intercourse are more likely to be sexually active that teens who believe their parents disapprove of teen sexual activity. That’s why it’s so important to have conversations with your teen, and let them know where you stand on important issues like alcohol, marijuana, teen sex and even bullying.

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