Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Sexual Decision-Making Workshop
After participating in this workshop, students will be able to:
- Describe how the use of alcohol and other drugs affects sexual decision-making
- Identify five potential consequences of mixing alcohol and sex
- Name the five questions to ask when making a decision
- Demonstrate the three refusal skills to resist peer pressure
Take Home Messages
The goal of this workshop is to help students understand that the use of alcohol and other drugs* significantly impairs one‘s ability to make good decisions in sexual situations.
While conducting this workshop, peer educators should keep in mind the major messages for participants to take home:
- Being under the influence of alcohol and other drugs increases the likelihood of engaging in behaviors that put a person at risk for STIs, unintended pregnancy, and HIV infection.
- Having sex is a decision that is best made sober. When sober, a person is more likely to choose abstinence or use protection correctly and consistently if sexually active.
- It is important to set boundaries ahead of time, before getting into a potentially risky situation.
*Note: Throughout this workshop, ―other drugs can refer to crystal meth, cocaine, inhalants, prescription drugs, ecstasy, and other substances that impair sexual decision-making. This helps provide students with concrete examples and helps make the messages more relevant.