Can Alcohol Ruin Your Sex Life?
Hate it or love it, you cannot deny the role alcohol has played in aiding the formation of human bonds and the advancement of social interaction. Alcohol has given a voice to the shy man at the bar and the girl who looks like she was forced to be at the club. At some point as the night makes way for the day, these two will, through liquid courage, establish a mutual attraction and they shall make their way to either party’s home. The following morning could be a haze of headaches and regret or filled with the smell of eggs.
Granted, alcohol could be a solution to trying to reignite the spark. However, it is a tightrope. Any quantities exceeding the limit could have adverse effects not only on your body but also on your psychological well-being.
Men: Alcoholism could ruin your sex life
For a man, the right quantity of alcohol and the right company could end in a good night. Exceeding the limit, on the other hand, could lead to the worst kind of embarrassment; whiskey penis. There are a few logical explanations to this. One, a normal non-intoxicated male can maintain an erection because once the blood fills the penis, there is no back flow. Alcohol inhibits the body’s ability to prevent backflow.
Alcohol also dehydrates the body. With decreased body fluid, there isn’t adequate fluid to fill the spaces in your penis for a healthy stiffy.
According to the CDC, men are more likely to engage in unprotected sex with multiple partners when under the influence. Alcohol, while relaxing you, also affects the decision-making centers of the brain making users more susceptible to suggestion. Such behavior exposes the user to potential infection.
Frequent heavy usage leads to a drop in testosterone, low sperm production, and shrinking testicles.
Women: Alcoholism could ruin your sex life
Women are not spared from the cruelties of the bottle either. Prolonged alcohol use in women has been linked to lower sex drive. In comparison, it looks like women bear the bigger brunt of alcohol consumption.
While many women say alcohol improves their reception to sex, life-changing effects seem like a high price to pay. With time and dependence, women may experience difficulty in arousal. This effect replicates itself even when there is a familiar partner or position involved.
Women are also at risk of infections associated with unprotected sex. This is of course on top of the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy. Continued use spells more doom for women. Long-term heavy users even experience a change in their menstrual cycle as stress on the liver affects estrogen production. In some women, menstruation ceases altogether.
In the more extreme instances, ovarian and vaginal atrophy could come into play.