UK citizens are more likely than Europeans or those living in the United States to have taken drugs like MDMA and cocaine before sex during the past year, according to a new study.
Researchers used data from the Global Drug Survey of around 22,000 people to find that 64% (4,719) of people surveyed from the UK had had alcohol drunk, compared to 60 t % (1,296) of Europe and 55% (2064) of the USA.
Of those who took part in the study, the number combining sex and cocaine was 13% of the UK (936) compared to 8% of Europe. Similarly, a higher number said they had sex after MDMA, with 20% of those surveyed from the UK saying they had done so against 15% of & t The United States and Europe.
The lead author of the study, Dr Will Lawn, noted that because the study was self-selecting, the proportion in the general population was likely to be lower.
The most commonly used drugs during sex across all countries were alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine, while GHB – which has been associated with chemsex parties, where participants take drugs with the specific aim of having sex then – and MDMA are considered as having the most significant impact on sexual experience.
The findings were compiled by academics at University College London and the Global Drug Survey team and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. They drew from a survey where people responded to questions online about what drugs they used in sex, as well as how drugs affected their sexual experience.
“As far as I know, no one has ever investigated a difference in the country in terms of how drugs are combined with sex, and this shows that the UK might be more at risk. of harm associated with chemsex than other countries, something that our country must consider, ”said Dr. Lawn. The British Medical Journal has called Chemsex a “public health time arm” because of the associated causes of dangerous sex.
Lawnt also noted that some drugs would be more popular in some countries, resulting in differences. “For a drug such as mephedrone, there was a strong difference between the UK and the Eurozone because [the drug] it was particularly popular in the UK but not so many other parts of the world, ”he said.
He said that cannabis was used more commonly in the US as a whole and this correlated with a higher number of people using it during sex. Cannabis was the only drug where the UK was not top of the United States and other countries, with 49% of people from the states combining it with sex compared to 36% in the UK.
Lawn said that “differences between groups had come to the fore” in the study. Men who reported homosexuality were about 1.6 times more likely than heterosexual men to take drugs with the intention of improving their sexual experiences. It was confirmed that GHB / GBL, mephedrone and methamphetamine were more commonly combined with sex by homosexual men than heterosexual men.
Lawn said: “In summary, the overall message is that men and women of homosexual, heterosexual and bisexual orientation all use drugs with sex. We should not isolate that behavior as something just men who have sex with men who do it, which is the stereotypical chemsex image. However, specific drug reduction messages should be targeted at particular group specific drugs, given that the combination of sex with GHB / GBL, mephedrone and methamphetamine is more popular with gay men. ”
Professor Adam Winstock, founder and director of the Global Drugs Survey and senior author, said: “Our study is the biggest yet to explore the relationship between sex and drugs. Previous studies have rarely compared men and women, and people from different sexual addresses.
“Also, by appreciating how different drugs affect sex, we can tailor our harm reduction messages. These pragmatic messages can save lives. ”