(Reuters) – Combining sex and drugs is common among all genders and sexual orientations, with people in Britain more likely to engage in the practice than Americans, Australians or other Europeans, according to a global survey.
The findings suggest that messages about reducing potential harm from the practice – including overdosing, date rape and the risk of sexually transmitted diseases – should be targeted at all genders and sexual groups, researchers said.
The findings, published on Tuesday in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, showed that alcohol, cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy, or MDMA, are the drugs most commonly combined with sex, and that users say MDMA in particular enhances “intimacy”.
Survey respondents from Britain were the most likely to combine drugs with sex – known as “chemsex” – as compared with America, other European countries, Australia and Canada.
And while people of sexual orientations reported engaging in substance-linked sex, gay and bisexual men were more likely to have done so. Homosexual men were 1.6 times as likely as heterosexual men to have used drugs with the specific intent of enhancing sexual experience in the last year.