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Byrnes, Elaine and MacNeela, Padraig (2017) SHAG report 2017. Sexual health and attitudes, Galway. Galway: NUI Galway.

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The SHAG (Sexual Health and Attitudes, Galway) Survey was the first of its kind undertaken in Ireland, to comprehensively gather information on sexual behaviour in an emerging adulthood college population (aged 18-29). It was carried out via an online survey among students of the National University of Ireland, Galway during 2015. Prior to this, there has been little data collected on the sexual behaviour and attitudes of emerging adults in Ireland, with a few notable exceptions. The CLAN Report (2005) surveyed college student health generally, and this included items on sexual health; the Layte Report (2006) was a general population survey of sexual health. More recently, a national study by the Union of Students in Ireland –Say Something (2013) – reports on student experiences of unwanted sexual contact, physical mistreatment, harassment, obsessive behaviour, and information available to students on campus.


The purpose of this report is to provide a baseline understanding of college students’ sexual health, behaviour and attitudes; from satisfaction with their sex lives, to how drugs such as alcohol influence decisions to have sex, and experiences of unwanted sexual activity. It was undertaken as part of the first author’s PhD research that focusses on investigating the inter-relationship of alcohol use, decision-making regarding sexual activity - specifically consent to sexual activity - and expectations for cultural and gender norms in a university student population. This report presents a reference point of key variables that have been measured in international studies to show how these factors occur in an Irish context; as an international contribution this is the first time that many of these measures have been used outside the U.S., and the first time they have been reported on in an Irish context.


5 Alcohol use and use-related consequences

5.1 Patterns of alcohol consumption p.33

5.2 RAPS 4 (Rapid Alcohol Problems Screen) p.34

5.3 Experience of binge drinking p.35

5.4 Sexual experiences after drinking by gender p.36

5.5 Sexual experiences after drinking by binge drinking status p.37

5.6 Sex-related alcohol consequences in past 12 months by gender p.39

5.7 Sex-related alcohol consequences in past 12 months by binge drinking status p.40

5.8 Alcohol-related sexual activity in past 12 months by gender p.41

5.9 Alcohol related sexual activity in past 12 months by binge drinking status p.41

Summary p.43

Date:December 2017
Pages:107 p.
Publisher:NUI Galway
Place of Publication:Galway
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > Safe sex
N Communication, information and education > Educational environment (school / college) > Student behaviour and participation
T Demographic characteristics > Undergraduate or graduate student
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Galway

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