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Alcohol & substance misuse

Drinking, taking drugs and having sex

After drinking or taking drugs you may be less cautious of having sex or choosing who to have sex with. Drinking or taking drugs may make you feel less nervous or anxious about having sex, but this can lead to dangerous consequences.

Some of the risks and dangers you may face include:

  • not using a condom to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) and/or unplanned pregnancy
  • forgetting to take your pill or vomiting and making your pill less effective
  • allowing yourself to do something you wouldn’t usually do
  • becoming detached from your friends and feeling more vulnerable
  • not prioritising your safety - possibly putting yourself at risk of sexual assault, including rape
  • not considering the consequences

How we can help…

If you, or someone you know has taken a risk with their sexual health we can help. 

You can either attend one of our appointment or walk-in and wait clinics at venues across Wirral. Or, you may want advice over the telephone via a telephone consultation so we can advise you on what is best to do before coming into clinic. 

Local help and support – alcohol, drug addiction & abuse

If you, or someone you know is having problems with drug and/or alcohol misuse Response can provide help and support. Response offers a wide range of support for young people, aged 13 - 19, including drugs & alcohol, counselling, housing and lifestyle support. To contact the team call 0151 666 4123 or email

Last updated: 17/05/2018