Authentic Medicine Moment #6: Alcohol and Sex

Would you believe there was a study in the Journal of Addiction that concluded that the more alcohol a person drinks the higher his or her chances of having unsafe sex?   Yeah, I know, but we all pay for these studies.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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  1. Richard W. Mondak says:

    Quote from the article synopsis:

    “In these experiments, study participants were randomly allocated to one of two groups in which they either consumed alcohol or did not. Then their intention to engage in unsafe sex was measured. An increase in blood alcohol level of 0.1 mg/mL resulted in an increase of 5.0% (95% CI: 2.8% – 7.1%) in the indicated likelihood of engaging in unprotected sex.”

    How does one measure ‘intention’? I think we all need to know this because we (I) could possible base future salary negotiation based on our (my) “intention” to provide additional training for clinicians and ancillary staff, spend more time in meaningful non-clinical activities (is this not a meaningful medical “journal”?) and other endeavors which would enhance our practice.

    Also, I did not see data which indicated which females were intending to engage in sexual activity prior to imbibing. Inquiring minds want to know.

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