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8.20.2010

Weekend Sip Tip

8.20.2010
The Beer Goggle phenomenon is widely known among college students. The theory is that when someone drinks, they find others more attractive . According to a London study, there is actually truth to the theory. Previous research has shown that humans tend to base attractiveness on symmetry. The more symmetrical a face, the more that person is perceived as attractive. The study found that those who consumed alcohol were less able to recognize asymmetrical faces, thus dulling their ability to judge what they may or may not find attractive when sober. Add to the fact that alcohol affects judgment, and it's easy to see why alcohol can often be involved in decisions to have sex. It should be common knowledge that there are risks to having sex. When intoxicated, it is easier to disregard safe sex practices or to improperly use contraception. Another danger is the risk of sexual assault. Roughly 90% of college rapes involve alcohol use by either the victim, assailant, or both. It is important to remember that the only form of sexual consent is a clear, sober yes from both parties involved. If you choose to drink, don't let poor judgment impact your sexual choices. Look out for your friends and have your friends look out for you. It's about protecting your health! Slow down your drinks and have a clearer mind, Stop@Buzzed!

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