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30% of women assaulted when drunk, says Portman

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new survey, commissioned by industry-funded campaigners The Portman Group, has showed that four in 10 young women (36%) have been sexually assaulted after getting drunk and are more likely than men to get into fights and arguments.
The research - Anatomy of a Big Night Out' - was conducted among 1,000 18- to 30-year-olds.

Other findings included that 59% of young women had got into an argument when drunk on a night out, compared to just 45% of men, while 34% said they had had unplanned or unprotected sex while on a night out.

The findings come as The Portman Group launches a drinks diary that aims to enable drinkers to see how many units and calories they are drinking in a typical week (see for details).

Jean Coussins, director of The Portman Group, commented: 'What is most alarming of all is the fact that young women seem to be risking more than young men. They are getting into more fights, more arguments and are being arrested or cautioned by the police more than young men.

'We hope that the drinks diary may be the trigger needed to make young women think twice.'