Misperceptions of Consent
Alcohol can help some people get over excessive anxieties and inhibitions regarding sex but it is much more notorious for reducing people's inhibitions beyond what they would like. It's estimated that half of all sexual assaults involve alcohol use by at least one of the people involved. This doesn't mean people have to avoid sex after drinking but it does mean everyone should be extremely careful when combining the two. "I would say, in general, that if people are concerned that they might not be getting consent, they probably should just hold off and wait for a circumstance when they're not drinking," says Walsh.