It’s finally official. Get sloppy drunk, and you could end up with a drippy dick. This according to a study of 520 STD clinic patients published in the International Journal of STDs & AIDS (abstract available online. The full text of this publicly funded study costs an outrageous US$18).
The journal’s editor, Wallace Dinsmore, told The Guardian: “The young people interviewed in this study frequently said that better access to condoms at the time and place they were needed would have enabled them to practise safer sex.” She suggests giving condoms away in pubs, clubs and taxis.
That’s all well and good. We’ve shown in many countries that people consistently use condoms more frequently when condoms are right there on the spot where the spoken or unspoken deal to have sex is struck. But the young people interviewed in this study also said they were plastered, averaging 13 drinks a night, and twice that on a “heavy” night. And again, we’ve shown in many countries that people are less likely to use condoms when they are plastered, even when they have one in their pocket.
I’m all for condoms in taxis. But I do have a “what’s wrong with this picture?” feeling when I look at the results of this study. It’s a testament to the stamina of youth that they can sink 26 pints and still have sex, and a testament to strength of the economy that they can do that and still take taxis. But surely the binge alcoholism is a much gretaer worry than a few drippy dicks.