- Alcohol use can impact how an individual interacts with other people.
- The more alcohol a person consumes, the greater their judgment will be impaired. In general, alcohol impacts a person coordination and perception.
- Decision making can be altered by alcohol and it can increase the likelihood of someone in engaging in high risk activities. This could include: drinking and driving, unprotected sex, going home with someone you do not know, and potentially putting oneself in a physically dangerous situation.
- Alcohol use can make it difficult for an individual to reach an orgasm.
- Alcohol can impact the impulse control part of our brains. This could include aggression and violence. For men, it can create a distortion in perception of social cues. For example, an intoxicated male may perceive that a female is flirting with him. However, in reality he only perceives this due to alcohol’s impact on one’s judgement.
To remember the steps of informed consent, remember FRIES:
- F: Freely Given; There is no coercion or pressure to say yes
- R: Respectful
- I: Informed; yes to one act, like kissing, does not equal yes to sex
- E: Enthusiastic/Engaged: Everyone involved is enthusiastic about what is happening
- S: Safe/Sober/Sane: This means always using protection (condom, dental dam, birth control) from the beginning of the act to the end. All people involved are in a sound, sober state of mind.
If you have any doubts at all that someone may not be interested, stop what you’re doing!