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

Men had more sexual problems when they used alcohol or ecstasy, but for women, marijuana was linked to more sexual difficulties.

Almost a third of those who used alcohol said they’d felt post-sex regret. The rates were lower for ecstasy and marijuana (13% and 7%, respectively).

The information can help both doctors and patients better understand the effects and potential repercussions of substance use in regard to sexuality.

For more information, please see these links:

Alcohol and Sex

Alcohol and Male Sexual Function

Alcohol and Women’s Sexuality

Alcohol and Unsafe Sex

Marijuana and Male Sex Health

Doctors Worry About Sextasy


New York University

“Young Adults Report Differing Sexual Effects from Alcohol, Marijuana, and Ecstasy”

(News release. January 10, 2018)

Psychology & Sexuality

Palamar, Joseph J., et al.

“A comparison of self-reported sexual effects of alcohol, marijuana, and ecstasy in a sample of young adult nightlife attendees”

(Abstract. Published online: January 8, 2018)

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