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Table 4 Relationships between frequency of use of different drugs and patterns of sexual behaviour and unsafe sex

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

   Sexual behaviour in the last 12 months
  n 5 or more sexual partners Sex over 50 times Had sex without a condom Not used condom as too drunk or high Had totally unprotected sex Paid for sex Exchanged sex for drugs Had an STI test Had regretted sex after alcohol or drug use Not had sex as too drunk or high Sex always or mostly under influence of alcohola Sex always or mostly under influence of drugsb
Drunk in the last 4 weeks              
   No 319 12.2 43.3 66.6 5.6 35.7 3.4 0.9 25.7 7.8 14.1 6.0 8.0
   Yes 828 19.7 42.1 74.4 12.1 41.1 6.4 2.4 27.9 15.3 19.7 12.6 13.4
P   ** ns ** ** ns ns ns ns ** * ** ns
Alcohol              
   Never 11 0.0 9.1 18.2 0.0 18.2 0.0 9.1 9.1 9.1 0.0 na 0.0
   Experimented 14 7.1 42.9 78.6 7.1 28.6 7.1 0.0 7.1 0.0 7.1 na 0.0
   Ex User 28 14.3 25.0 57.7 7.1 30.8 7.1 0.0 35.7 3.6 10.7 na 33.3
   Occasional 83 9.6 41.0 77.5 1.2 33.8 4.8 0.0 26.5 4.8 7.2 2.4 0.0
   Regular 1011 18.7 43.4 72.7 11.3 40.7 5.6 2.2 27.6 14.4 19.6 11.7 12.7
P   ns ns *** * ns ns ns ns * * ** ns
Cannabis              
   Never 276 13.0 35.9 62.0 5.1 32.3 2.9 0.4 24.3 4.3 15.9 7.3 5.6
   Experimented 173 13.9 44.5 68.0 6.4 37.3 5.2 0.6 25.4 12.1 14.5 8.1 8.3
   Ex User 201 14.9 44.3 78.4 9.5 41.2 4.5 1.5 28.9 12.4 19.9 6.4 4.5
   Occasional 121 17.4 43.0 73.9 12.4 36.1 3.3 2.5 33.9 11.6 15.7 10.3 5.0
   Regular 376 24.2 45.2 77.6 15.7 46.2 9.0 4.0 27.4 21.3 21.3 17.3 16.2
P   ** ns *** *** ** ** ** ns *** ns *** **
Cocaine              
   Never 774 13.6 39.1 70.2 6.5 35.1 3.6 1.3 22.7 9.6 16.3 7.3 9.2
   Experimented 132 18.2 43.9 73.3 11.4 48.9 6.1 3.0 27.3 16.7 23.5 18.3 10.8
   Ex User 69 21.7 53.6 73.1 15.9 46.3 13.0 0.0 42.0 23.2 18.8 13.6 17.8
   Occasional 81 27.2 44.4 77.2 14.8 43.0 4.9 0.0 39.5 18.5 22.2 18.2 9.9
   Regular 91 39.6 58.2 82.4 33.0 56.0 16.5 9.9 44.0 27.5 22.0 21.8 23.1
P   *** ** ns *** *** *** *** *** *** ns *** **
Ecstasy              
   Never 792 13.9 39.9 69.4 6.9 36.1 4.9 0.9 24.4 8.7 15.7 7.3 7.7
   Experimented 117 17.9 48.7 71.3 16.2 44.3 6.0 0.0 34.2 20.5 17.1 13.9 12.9
   Ex User 92 21.7 53.3 78.0 12.0 46.2 5.4 2.2 29.3 22.8 23.9 19.0 18.2
   Occasional 86 31.4 39.5 87.1 18.6 51.8 7.0 5.8 33.7 22.1 31.4 19.3 16.3
   Regular 60 40.0 51.7 80.0 28.3 48.3 11.7 15.0 40.0 31.7 25.0 27.6 21.7
P   *** * ** *** ** ns *** * *** ** *** **
  1. * p < .05; ** p < .01; *** p < .001; ns = not significant (two-tailed tests).
  2. Note For all analyses sample is limited to those having had sex in the last 12 months.
  3. aAnalyses limited to those who are at least occasional users of alcohol.
  4. bAnalyses limited to those who are occasional or frequent users of any drug (see methods for list).