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The Case of Risky Sex and Drinking  Part II of Socially Undesirable Behaviors

Author:  Joseph W LaBrie.; Mitchell Earleywin.

Source: Volume 04, Number 05, August/September 2003 , pp.65-68(4)

Sex Offender Law Report

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This is the second part of a two-part article discussing the measure of risky behaviors and the influence of alcohol. In Part I, printed in 4 (4) Sex Offender Law Report 1, the authors explained the interaction between alcohol and risky behaviors, and they detailed the unmatched-count technique (UCT) to establish rates for such risk behaviors. They observed that, unlike other illnesses and diseases, HIV/AIDS is a disease whose only known prevention is behavioral. The risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS can be minimized by avoiding risky sex. Estimating the base rates of risky sex and risky sex after drinking proves difficult. The study described in this article uses the UCT to estimate base rates for sexual risk behaviors and sexual risk behaviors after drinking.


Affiliations:  1: Loyola Marymount University; 2: University of Southern California.

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