Greetings good citizens!
How do you get through your first dance class? I made it by having a drink or two. A year after my divorce, I convinced a friend to join me and we signed up for dance lessons. I was kind of shy and I felt very self-conscious about being watched by a group of strangers, so on our way to the studio we would have a few drinks. It helped me to relax and felt less inhibited. In the same way, lots of people drink alcohol before having sex because they lack the confidence in their bodies to make love while sober. A recent research suggests that alcohol boosts levels of a brain chemical that calms anxious thoughts.
Have you ever heard of the term sober sex? Today we did a short HIV/AIDS presentation to a Sober Sex group; they are in recovery from drugs or alcohol addictions. It was interesting listening to some of their stories, because I could relate to some of things that they shared.
Do you think we are capable of making wise, well informed decisions under the influence of alcohol or other drugs? I should count my blessings because I know that during my drinking days, there were times that alcohol clouded my judgment and I didn't always made the best decision.
After the group ended we began to collect our educational material, and one of the women from the Sober Sex group walked toward us on our way out. She introduced herself, shook my hand and said: “Thank you for the presentation. I am HIV positive. I contracted the virus after getting drunk at a bar, and having unprotected sex during a one-night stand. I knew the risk, but let my guard down".