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Borderline Personality Disorder Increases the Likelihood of Drinking Before Sex

Researchers conducted a study with 17,491 sexually active drinkers from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions to examine the association of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and drinking before sex. Findings revealed that BPDs doubled the chances of regularly drinking before sex. This positive relationship could lead to increases in instances of unprotected intercourse and sexually transmitted disease infections. More research is needed on the effects that personality disorders may have on drinking behaviors and it is recommended that substance misuse treatment regularly assess drinking before sex, particularly among patients with BPD.

The study “Borderline personality disorder and regularly drinking alcohol before sex,” is published in Drug and Alcohol Review. The National Institute on Drug Abuse supported this research effort.

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