File - University students are seen in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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One out of 10 sexually active university students in Lebanon had sex for the first time while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, making them more likely to engage in unsafe sex in the future, according to the results of a new survey.The reason why consuming alcohol during the first sexual experience is concerning is that behavior at sexual debut can have a major influence on sex in the future, the researchers argue.In the AUB study, the students who consumed alcohol or drugs at their sexual debut were twice as likely to have had their first experience of oral or vaginal sex with an "unfamiliar partner" – either a random person or a prostitute.They were also more likely to have multiple sexual partners after that first experience, with one in 10 reporting having 11 or more sexual partners. Atallah said that sex education plays a "crucial" role in promoting healthier sexual practices and discouraging sex under the influence.But she said sex education often fails by emphasizing the risks and making sex taboo rather than also laying out the benefits of sex.
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