Drinkers 'should take out condoms'

People who enjoy a night on the town may be wise to carry condoms whenever they choose to head out for a drink.

This is because new research appearing in the journal Addiction - which has been published since 1884 by the Society for the Study of Addiction to Alcohol and other Drugs - has shown that imbibing can have a direct impact on whether or not an individual chooses to have unsafe sex.

According to the findings, the more a person drinks, the greater his or her intention becomes to engage in sexual relations without protection.

Principal investigator of the study Dr J Rehm noted these results should be promoted as a major factor in preventative efforts for HIV.

Dr Rehm added the finding "also helps explain why people at risk often show this behaviour despite better knowledge: alcohol is influencing their decision processes".

The authors noted future HIV prevention programmes should therefore consider the results of the study.