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Alcohol Myopia and High-Risk Sexual Behavior Among College Students

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Alcohol-related sexual behavior; Drunkenness; Ethanol; Risky sexual behavior; Sexual activity; Sexual risk


Alcohol Myopia Theory (AMT; Steele & Josephs, 1990) posits that the pharmacological effects of alcohol restrict the range of information an intoxicated individual can process. Specifically, intoxicated individuals will attend to and/or be influenced by the most salient cues in their environment, to the exclusion of less salient ones. AMT has been proposed as a potential explanation for the association between alcohol use and risky health behaviors, such as high-risk sexual behavior (George & Stoner, 2000).

High-risk sexual behavior can be defined as any behavior that increases the likelihood of individuals experiencing negative outcomes linked to sexual contact, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and unwanted/unplanned pregnancy (Cooper, 2002). These behaviors can include but are not limited to sex with...

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Santaguida, M., Dubé, S., Williams, M., Eidus, C., Vachon, D., Johnson, A. (2022). Alcohol Myopia and High-Risk Sexual Behavior Among College Students. In: Lykins, A.D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender. Springer, Cham.

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