Intoxication fuels sexual aggression

Last Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 12:52

Washington: Short tempered men are most likely to commit acts of sexual aggression when intoxicated, says a research.

"Having a more precise understanding of alcohol`s role in sexual assault will aid in the development of more sophisticated and targeted interventions," said Antonia Abbey, professor in psychology at Wayne State University.

She reviewed survey literature to examine the link between sexual assaults and alcohol, since half of all such attacks involve alcohol consumption, the journal Drug and Alcohol Review reports.

One study reviewed a sample of 356 male college students, of whom 42.4 per cent had no history of sexual assault, while 31.2 per cent were sexual perpetrators while consuming alcohol, according to a Wayne statement.

Perpetrators who used alcohol differed from others in their strong belief that alcohol increased their sexuality and women`s interest in having sex.

They drank the most alcohol in potential sexual situations.

Alcohol appeared to influence the circumstances under which some men are most likely to commit sexual assault, the research said.

Alcohol affected aggression, but these effects were the strongest for people already predisposed to be aggressive.

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First Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 12:52

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