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Being Drunk Makes Men More Open to Gay Sex

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A new study published in the The Journal of Social Psychology has concluded that alcohol increases straight men and women’s attraction to people of the same sex.

How did researchers study this?

Researchers surveyed 83 heterosexual adults “walking between bars in a Midwestern town late at night” about their orientation and alcohol intake that night. Afterwards, they made participants watch a 40-second video of “either a physically attractive man or woman drinking at a bar and chatting with the bartender.”

After watching the video, each participant was asked to rate their own willingness to “perform various acts with the person in the video — everything from buying them a drink to going home together to having sex.”

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Researchers found that when heterosexual men had more than 10 drinks, they “expressed almost as much interest in the man as they did the woman.” They found similar increases in same-sex attraction for drunk women too.

Does alcohol have any affect on heterosexual attraction to the opposite sex?

As far as heterosexual attraction, booze made women more interested in men but didn’t seem to increase straight men’s interest in women — that is, the men remained a consistent interest in women whether the men were drunk or not. We’re actually surprised by this last finding as a previous “beer goggle” study showed otherwise.

So why does booze increase straight people’s same-sex attraction?

That being said, there are several reasons why we’re much less surprised that alcohol makes straight men more open to sex with other men. First off, similar to weed, alcohol lowers people’s inhibitions and makes them more open to trying new things. Secondly, a 2016 study showed that 21% of straight men watch gay porn, implying that so-called straight men are more bisexual than they’re willing to admit. (Women are three times more likely than men to admit their bisexuality.)

A recent study showing fewer sexual assaults on LGBTQ-friendly campuses suggests that embracing individual sexual fluidity could actually help reduce sexual frustration and violence in the wider community.

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