Men's alcohol intoxication and condom use during sexual assault perpetration

J Interpers Violence. 2012 Sep;27(14):2790-806. doi: 10.1177/0886260512438277. Epub 2012 Apr 4.


We assessed the association between alcohol consumption and condom use during penetrative sexual assault acts perpetrated by young adult men. Men aged 21 to 35 who reported inconsistent condom use and heavy episodic drinking (N = 225) completed a questionnaire assessing their perpetration of sexual assault since the age of 15, their consumption of alcohol prior to these acts, and their use of condoms during acts involving penetration. Descriptive statistics and Pearson's chi-square tests were used to examine the simultaneous use of alcohol and condom nonuse during penetrative sexual assault acts. More than one third of respondents reported perpetrating at least one penetrative sexual assault 35.6% (n = 79). Condoms were not used in 70.0% of penetrative sexual assaults. When they had consumed alcohol, perpetrators were significantly less likely to use condoms. The sexual assaults reported by this sample typically consisted of perpetrator alcohol consumption and the nonuse of condoms. Programs targeting sexual health and assault risk reduction would be enhanced by addressing this interplay of alcohol, violence, and risk.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / psychology
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data*
  • Crime Victims / psychology
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Rape / psychology
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Sex Offenses / psychology
  • Sex Offenses / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexual Partners
  • Young Adult