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Women take more risks on holidays, says study

Booze to blame

Alcohol, a party atmosphere and just being away from the strictures of everyday life make women more likely to take sexual risks while on holiday, a recent US study has revealed.


According to the study undertaken by researchers Liza Berdychevsky of the University of Illinois and Heather Gibson of the University of Florida, high alcohol consumption was the primary facilitator of risky sex, providing women with "liquid courage" and "a psychological excuse" to engage in activities that, at home, they would normally avoid.


"Perhaps in everyday life we are so overscheduled and disciplined that once we find ourselves in a situation where there is no schedule and no social control, and the only time we have to keep in mind is the departure of our plane, it releases us from many of our psychological barriers and inhibitions," Berdychevsky, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism at Illinois, said.


Primary motivators in sexual risk-taking on holiday were found to be a woman’s feeling of anonymity as well as perceptions of being free from negative judgment. However, some women said that the risk in itself was a significant motivator, with sexual experimentation and conquests a holiday "must" for some women.


Prior studies by the researchers have also found that destinations with permissive, party-oriented social atmospheres promote an altered sense of reality that condones sexual experimentation and exploration while minimizing perceptions of risk and long-term consequences.


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 24 July 2015

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