NOTE: This sample was chosen on the basis of risky behaviours and therefore NOT representative of all guys in Whistler.
Participants were surveyed about their sex and substance use behaviours to assess risk-taking practices. Participants who indicated recreational substance use patterns and experiences of intoxicated sex were eligible for interviews.
- 15 participants identified as heterosexual, one identified as gay.
- 13 participants indicated condom use at last intercourse. Of those who did not use condoms, 2 were in relationships.
- 10 participants had sex under influence of alcohol and drugs in the past month.
- 3 participants had sex under influence of alcohol only in the past month.
- Participants rated sex under the influence of alcohol as occurring more often than sex under the influence of drugs.
- Participants drank on average 7 drinks on an average drinking day in the past month (range 1 to 20 drinks)
- Most participants drank at least 2-3 times a week.
- Results indicate that almost all of this sample (n=14) engaged in binge drinking at least once a week.
- All participants used cannabis at least once in their life.
- 9 participants indicated they smoked cannabis more that 40 times in the past year, and at least 4 of these participants are daily smokers.
- Other drugs most commonly used: mushrooms, cocaine, MDMA/ecstasy and LSD.
- Participants were usually drinking prior to other drug use.
- Patterns of recreational use and participants’ descriptions of substance use identities suggested different drug sub-cultures such as drinkers only, those who mainly smoked pot, and others who used a variety of club drugs and stimulants.
- Most participants emphasized moderation in substance use and strategies for self-care.