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Researchers Do Study on Doing It When You Are High vs. Drunk

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Which sex is better?

Back in the day, during my early sex-having moments, I must admit, I used to knock a couple back to relax before engaging in a little one-on-one action. Hey, don’t judge me. I needed a sip or five to open up in what was a really big deal for me back in the day. Nowadays, I’m usually doing it with a significant other, so I don’t need much to loosen up my inhibitions.

There are some people who still do it for the numbness, and there are others who do it to enhance sex. I’ve been there—drank a little alcohol to get in that place where sex gets amazing. But, the way my heavy-handed pours were set up, I got drunk which led to not remembering much. That’s the exact outcome researchers discovered in a study conducted on men and women. Joseph Palamar and his colleagues at New York University drafted 24 heterosexual adults to participate in answering in-depth questions about their sexual experiences that involved marijuana and alcohol.

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Here’s what researchers gathered from the interviews…

Beer goggles are a real thing

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The study found that both men and women under the influence of alcohol significantly lowered their standards when choosing a sex partner. Effects of alcohol persuaded them to sleep with people they didn’t know without caring much about character or appearance.

But the effects of marijuana were different. “With weed I know who I’m waking up with. With drinking, you don’t know. Once you start drinking, everybody looks good,” said a 34-year-old female. Women and men who used marijuana usually slept with their boyfriend, girlfriend or someone they already knew.

Drunken sex is regrettable, high sex isn’t

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Usually after having drunken sex, one feels regret. “Both males and females commonly reported that regret, shame, and embarrassment were associated with alcohol use, but this was rarely reported for marijuana,” the study found.

“I want to cook the person something to eat (after sex) when I’m high. When I’m drunk, it’s like, ‘I’m out of here.’ Or get away from me,” said one of the male participants.

It’s likely that those negative feelings are the result of having drunken sex with strangers.