Drunk or Stoned: How Does It Affect Sex?

A seriously awesome sex study has (finally) studied the effects of drinking and smoking pot while getting it on. The study was conducted by researchers at New York University. The project studied 24 adults who had sex while either drunk or stoned.

The study, led by researcher Joseph Palamar, was called “A qualitative investigation comparing psychosocial and physical sexual experiences related to alcohol and marijuana use among adults.” The results of the study concluded that having sex while drunk had way worse consequences than having sex while stoned.

According to The Washington Post, “the “beer goggles” effect of alcohol did really lead to people sleeping with substandard partners and strangers, while being high on marijuana did not.” Other results found that “drunk sex commonly lead to feelings of post sex regret, shame, and embarrassment after the act, while high sex did not.” (If you want to keep from embarrassing yourself or doing the “walk of shame” the next day, keep it to a two-drink maximum.)

Also, “Drunk sex is more likely to make you feel nausea, dizziness, and sick versus high sex, which can make people feel distracted.” (Being high and a bit distracted is much better than puking on someone you’re trying to have sex with.)

The study concluded that “Drunk sex is riskier overall due to poor judgment while drunk, whereas people high on marijuana felt more in control.”

But here’s the best news from the study for sexpots everywhere: “Pleasurable sensations during drunk sex are often numbed, while pleasurable sensations during high sex are often enhanced—including more intense orgasms while high on marijuana.”

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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books, The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and currently writes columns for Brides.com and Los Angeles Magazine. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.


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