Sex and alcohol

If you drink alcohol, you can feel more like having sex and you feel fewer restraints.

Drinking before having sex also has negative effects. The more you drink, the stronger the effects:

  • You are less focused on the risk of STIs, HIV and unintended pregnancy. You might have unprotected sex.
  • You have less control over yourself and you might do things that you do not want or do not agree to.
  • You need more time to have an orgasm and the orgasm is less strong.
  • Your sexual desire and arousal can also decrease. This is often so for women.
  • It is more difficult for men to keep an erection. Sometimes they are unable to.

Sex and drugs

Taking drugs influences your sexual experience too.

When you share injection material you can get infected with HIV. Always use your own material. Do not share it with other people.

Do not share used injection material.

Alcohol, drugs and fertility

If you regularly use drugs or drink alcohol over a long period, you can become less fertile.

Protection against HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancy

Seks en alcohol

Als u alcohol drinkt, kunt u meer zin krijgen in seks en voelt u zich minder geremd.

Drinken voor het vrijen, heeft ook negatieve gevolgen. Hoe meer u drinkt, hoe sterker de effecten:

Seks en drugs

Drugs hebben ook een effect op uw seksuele ervaring. 

Wanneer u materiaal voor injecties deelt, kunt u besmet worden met hiv. Gebruik altijd uw eigen materiaal. Deel het niet met anderen. 

Deel geen gebruikt injectiemateriaal.

Alcohol, drugs en vruchtbaarheid

Als u lange tijd regelmatig drugs gebruikt of alcohol drinkt, kunt u minder vruchtbaar worden.

Bescherming tegen hiv, soa’s en ongeplande zwangerschap

More information or help needed?

Family doctor
You can talk to a family doctor about almost every intimate issue. If necessary the family doctor can refer you to a specialised health professional. Find a family doctor in your neighbourhood:
Community health centre (wijkgezondheidscentrum)
You can visit a family doctor in a community health centre. Other care professionals such as nurses and social workers also work at community health centres. Care is provided free of charge. Find a community health centre in your neighbourhood:
CAW - Centrum Algemeen Welzijn
Centre for general well-being - Help with all kinds of issues: a difficult relationship, medical, financial, administrative, legal or material problems, family problems,... CAWs also provide assistance to victims of violence and abuse. Find a CAW in your neighbourhood:
CAD
Centra voor Alcohol- en Andere Drugproblemen (Centres for problems with alcohol and other drugs) - Support to people with a drug addiction
011 27 42 98
De Sleutel - Antwerpen
Support to people with a drug addiction
03 233 99 14
De Sleutel - Brugge
Support to people with a drug addiction
050 40 77 70
De Sleutel - Gent
Support to people with a drug addiction
09 234 38 33
De Sleutel - Mechelen
Support to people with a drug addiction
015 20 09 64
Free Clinic
Help for people addicted to drugs, also HIV testing
03 201 12 60
Kompas
Support to people with a drug addiction
056 20 22 10
MSOC Diest - 't Wit Huis
Support to people with a drug addiction
013 32 69 33
MSOC Gent
Support to people with a drug addiction
09 223 46 44
MSOC Leuven - Het Veerhuis
Support to people with a drug addiction
016 23 65 67
MSOC Oostende
Support to people with a drug addiction
059 51 63 29, 059 51 63 09
MSOC Tienen
Support to people with a drug addiction
016 81 04 82
MSOC Vilvoorde
Support to people with a drug addiction
02 251 94 49
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