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You always have the right to say no!

Drinking alcohol can increase your confidence and lower your inhibitions but it can also affect your ability to make decisions and protect yourself from unwanted attention or forced sex (rape). This can lead to an increase in risky sexual behaviour and you could find yourself with a sexually transmissible infection (STI) or an unplanned pregnancy.

Have a look at the stats:

  • The risk of sexual assault increases when drinking alcohol, for victims and the aggressor.
  • A study in the UK revealed that over three quarters of participants said that they had had unprotected sex as a result of drinking and that women who drink at risky levels have more sexual partners than women who don't.
  • The rates of STIs are on the rise in Australia.
  • Some STIs have no symptoms and if left untreated can have serious long term consequences including infertility and genital, heart and brain damage.
  • Chlamydia is the most common STI yet it usually has no symptoms.

Here are a few tips to stay safe:

  • Remember you do not have to feel pressured to do anything you don't want to do
  • Learn to communicate in a confident and clear way
  • Make sure you carry condoms
  • Stick together, don’t leave your friends alone

What should I do in an emergency?

  • If you are in immediate danger, call the police on triple zero (000).
  • Get to a safe place as soon as possible such as the Emergency Department at the local hospital.
  • Or contact:
    • State-wide Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120.
    • NSW Rape Crisis Centre on (02) 9819 6565.
    • Kids Help Line on 1800 551 800.
    • Your local GP, family planning clinic or sexual health clinic.


It is recommended that when you are pregnant or breastfeeding that you don't drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol may not be safe for your baby.

Your doctor can give you more information about pregnancy and the effects of alcohol.

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Alcohol, sex and you
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As you drink; your ability to protect yourself against unwanted, unplanned, unprotected and forced sexual activity is reduced.
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