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Affects of Alcohol on Sexual Health

  • Posted on- Aug 11, 2017
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Effects of Alcohol in Sex

Alcohol effects people's sex lives in many ways. To be more accurate, small amounts of alcohol will do no harm to a person sexually but moderate amount of alcohol can really foul up one’s sex life. Alcohol is a depressant. After consumption, alcohol affects the body’s systems to slow down and the feelings of drunkenness are associated with elation and happiness but other feelings of anger or depression can arise. 
Balance, judgment, and coordination are also negatively affected. One of the most significant short term side effects of alcohol is reduced inhibition. Reduced inhibitions can lead to an increase in sexual behavior.

Chemical effects of alcohol on the body help a lower inhibition which gives a short-term feeling of euphoria and grows short-term sexual pleasure in some men and alcohol is majorly associated with sex. Large number of men has been affected by these side effects of combining sex and alcohol. However, the damage which alcohol can cause to your body in general, and to your sexual health in particular outweighs the so-called benefits of alcohol.

Dramatically a man's sexual behavior can be affected dramatically by alcohol and is shown in the most studies to inhibit testosterone production in the testes. Both chronic and acute alcohol consumption is believed to be caused by the metabolism of alcohol which reduces the NAD+/NADH ratio in the liver and the testes since the synthesis of testosterone requires NAD+ and this tends to reduce testosterone production.

As testosterone is critical for libido and physical arousal, alcohol tends to have deleterious effects on male sexual performance. Studies have been conducted that indicate increasing levels of alcohol intoxication produce a significant degradation in male masturbatory effectiveness (MME). This degradation was measured by measuring blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and ejaculation latency. Sexual arousal, decrease pleasure ability and intensity of orgasm, increase difficulty in attaining orgasm can be decreased by alcohol intoxication.

Effects of alcohol on sexual health:

•    Alcohol lowers sexual performance
Alcohol is sedative in nature and it tends to numb the brain of a person which often leads to inability to get aroused sexually and get an erection. Alcohol also disorients the mind, making a person clumsy during the sexual act. All this may lead to poor sexual performance in men.

•    Alcohol makes infertile
Long-term and regular consumption of alcohol decreases the sperm count in men and makes them less fertile. Scientific studies have reported that alcohol severely affects the ability to produce children.

•    Alcohol lowers libido:
Consuming too much alcohol causes depression in men. Due to this negative state of mind, they are not willing to have sex at all and have low sexual libido.

•    Alcohol shrinks genitals
Drinking too much over a long period can lead to reduction in size of reproductive organs in men.

•    Alcohol increases chances of STD
While alcohol may lower the inhibition, it can also make a person indulge in risky sexual behavior and increase the chances of infection from sexually transmitted diseases.

These are some of the direct affects of alcohol on the sexual health. Besides this, alcohol may contribute to unwanted sex, unwanted pregnancies, sexual violence and serious relationship problems between partners. However, the good news is that most of the adverse effects of alcohol on the sexual health are reversible and a person can be healthy once he leaves this habit.

Alcoholic Men and Sex

Male alcoholics often suffer from severe sexual problems as a result of their drinking. Erectile dysfunction is a commonly reported side effect that has been found to be affected by age, mental health and physical health. Conditions such as depression, anxiety, diabetes and hypertension can all affect a man’s ability to maintain an erection. Alcohol is known to cause men to suffer from problems achieving and maintaining an erection, because alcohol can prevent blood vessels in the penis from closing, inhibiting the penis’ ability to remain erect. In a healthy, non-alcoholic man, the penis becomes erect when aroused because it fills with blood and the vessels close, preventing back-flow. Chronic consumption of alcohol damages blood vessels which cause problems in the heart and also in the penis.

The psychological effect of alcohol should not be underestimated for its ability affect a man’s sexual functioning. Men often have high levels of guilt associated with poor relationships with partners, an inability to perform in the bedroom and from not meeting expectations. Some men will medicate these feelings with more alcohol, which simply compounds the problems and leads to further feelings of inadequacy.


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14-03-2018 11:09 AM

Over consumption of alcohol results in lowering the sexual performance. Do not take alcohol in an excessive manner.

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14-03-2018 11:04 AM

I drink a lot and that has affected my personal life very much as because of more consumption of alcohol, i am suffering from Erectile Dysfunction. Help me out from this disease.

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