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How Do Alcohol, Marijuana, and Ecstasy Affect the Sex Lives of Young Adults?

Alcohol, marijuana, and ecstasy (also called MDMA and Molly) can have different sexual effects on young men and women, new research suggests.

In a survey of 679 people aged 18 to 25 entering nightclubs and dance festivals in New York City, about 40% said they had used all three substances in the past.

Alcohol and ecstasy were more likely to make people feel more attracted to others and more attractive themselves than marijuana. Similarly, alcohol and ecstasy tended to make users more sociable, increasing their chances of meeting partners. Marijuana didn’t have as much of an effect; about a third of the respondents said marijuana made them less sociable.

Ecstasy users reported feeling more sexual passion, with more intense orgasms and longer sexual encounters than alcohol or marijuana users.

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