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Table 3 Demographic comparison of how users of different substances intentionally utilise them for sexual purposes

From: Sexual uses of alcohol and drugs and the associated health risks: A cross sectional study of young people in nine European cities

  All Female (%) Male (%) P Single (%) Not Single (%) P 16–20 (%) 21–25 (%) 26–35 (%) P Gay or Bisexual (%) Heterosexual (%) P
Alcohol Users (n) 1094 553 540   552 513   446 446 202   133 911  
Prolong sex 11.6 6.5 16.9 *** 12.5 10.9 ns 14.6 9.4 9.9 * 9.0 12.2 ns
Enhance sensations and arousal 12.7 13.6 11.9 ns 13.6 11.9 ns 15.0 11.2 10.9 ns 15.8 12.5 ns
Facilitate sexual encounter 28.6 23.3 34.1 *** 35.1 22.0 *** 30.0 28.9 24.8 ns 37.6 27.8 *
Unusual/exciting sexual activity 14.6 13.6 15.7 ns 15.6 13.6 ns 15.2 15.0 12.4 ns 15.0 14.3 ns
Cannabis Users (n) 497 212 284   284 204   204 213 80   76 417  
Prolong sex 11.4 9.4 13.0 ns 13.0 9.3 ns 18.1 5.6 10.0 *** 10.5 11.8 ns
Enhance sensations and arousal 25.8 29.2 23.2 ns 27.1 23.5 ns 30.4 20.7 27.5 ns 35.5 24.2 *
Facilitate sexual encounter 14.1 14.2 13.7 ns 17.3 9.3 * 16.7 10.3 17.5 ns 27.6 11.5 ***
Unusual/exciting sexual activity 12.7 12.3 13.0 ns 15.1 8.8 * 17.2 8.9 11.3 * 18.4 11.8 ns
Cocaine Users (n) 172 69 103   113 54   52 86 34   35 136  
Prolong sex 26.2 23.2 28.2 ns 29.2 20.4 ns 30.8 20.9 32.4 ns 28.6 25.7 ns
Enhance sensations and arousal 28.5 21.7 33.0 ns 33.6 16.7 * 34.6 19.8 41.2 * 42.9 25.0 *
Facilitate sexual encounter 15.1 15.9 14.6 ns 18.6 7.4 ns 11.5 14.0 23.5 ns 17.1 14.7 ns
Unusual/exciting sexual activity 22.1 21.7 22.3 ns 23.0 18.5 ns 28.8 15.1 29.4 ns 34.3 19.1 ns
Ecstasy (n) 146 56 89   94 51   60 65 21   28 118  
Prolong sex 10.3 1.8 15.7 ** 8.5 13.7 ns 10.0 10.8 9.5 ns 14.3 9.3 ns
Enhance sensations and arousal 22.6 14.3 28.1 ns 20.2 27.5 ns 20.0 20.0 38.1 ns 10.7 25.4 ns
Facilitate sexual encounter 12.3 8.9 13.5 ns 9.6 15.7 ns 10.0 13.8 14.3 ns 17.9 11.0 ns
Unusual/exciting sexual activity 20.5 8.9 28.1 ** 19.1 23.5 ns 18.3 20.0 28.6 ns 17.9 21.2 ns
Differences between substances a               
Prolong sex *** *** **   *** ns   * *** **   * ***  
Enhance sensations and arousal *** *** ***   *** ***   *** ** ***   *** ***  
Facilitate sexual encounter *** ** ***   *** ***   *** *** ns   * ***  
Unusual/exciting sexual activity ** ns **   ns *   ns ns *   ns *  
  1. * p < .05; ** p < .01; *** p < .001; ns = not significant (two-tailed tests)
  2. a "Difference between substances" statistics compare between substances the proportions of users utilising each substance for a particular sexual effect. All statistics utilise chi square analyses. Analysis is limited to those having had sex in the last 12 months. ns = not significant.