Alcohol & Drug Counseling, Assessment, & Prevention Services

Washington State University ADCAPS

Substance Use & Sexual Assault

Alcohol & drugs have a significant impact on behavior and decision-making for both men and women. There are times when substance use can compromise personal safety. Mixing alcohol and/or drugs and sex, especially with someone you don't know very well, can increase the risk of sexual assault occurring.
Alcohol and drugs negatively impact an individual's judgment, perceptions, thoughts, memory, and ability to communicate. This is true for men, for women, and for those who are transgendered. This is true if your are straight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, queer, or questioning. As well, even consensual sex can be regrettable if our judgments, thoughts, and behaviors are impaired.
Please use the links below to better understand the complex issue of sexual decision making, substance use, communication, and healthy relationships.


For Help After an Assault 


How to Help a Friend Who Was Sexually Assaulted 



What is Consent?


Women's Binge Drinking in College Linked with Sexual Assault Risk


Bystanders: Agents of Primary Prevention

booklet from PISC - Partners in Social Change

"Every person has the ability to be an active and responsible bystander; it's our job to give people tools to make this more feasible."


 Green Dot WSU


ADCAPS - Alcohol & Drug Counseling, Assessment, & Prevention Services, WSU Counseling Services, 280 Lighty Student Services Building. Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1065 | (509) 335-4511 |