Is your favourite drink threatening your ability to have an orgasm?
You know that feeling where you start off with sipping a beer, one beer becomes two, and before you know it you’ve spiralled into taking shots of your favourite whiskey and ending up with more bottles than you intended to consume. Well then, this is what you should know.
A man’s sexual behaviour can be drastically affected by alcohol. Continuous and acute alcohol consumption has been shown to inhibit testosterone production. Alcohol can lower metabolism in the liver and testes and this tends to reduce testosterone production. Testosterone is critical for libido and physical arousal and so a decline in testosterone level has devastating effects on male sexual performance.
Alcohol intoxication can suppress sexual arousal and increasing difficulty in attaining and enjoying an orgasm. The liver is capable of breaking down one standard-sized drink in an hour. Drinking regularly overloads the system with toxins from alcohol, which affects vital organs, including the sexual organs.
Alcohol is a critical factor in inducing unprotected sex. A staggering 70 percent of people regretted having sex after heavy consumption of alcohol.
Alcohol is a culprit for impotence (erectile dysfunction) in men. Even though drinking alcohol might appear to increase sexual desire, it actually takes away the ability to perform and over time, lead to an overall diminished libido. Studies done at the University of Washington revealed that sober men were able to achieve an erection more quickly than intoxicated men. In some cases, intoxicated men are unable to have an erection at all.
Alcohol plays a huge role in ruining relationships. Problems related to erectile dysfunction, conflict, infidelity, economic insecurity, and divorce are largely tied to alcohol abuse. In addition, about 90 percent of all sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption.
Excessive consumption of alcohol effectively lowers intimate sensitivity in men. It further increases the difficulty in obtaining and maintaining an erection and causes infertility. Men who intend on having kids are advised to cut down on alcohol consumption. Alcohol causes the blood vessels to dilate, which hinders the way blood moves in and out of the penis. A good blood flow regulates the relaxation and contraction of the penis to get and maintain an erection. Without which the penis remains flaccid.
Alcohol acts as a central nervous system depressant. Alcohol works by interfering with parts of the central nervous system that are important for sexual arousal and orgasm, like the respiration, circulation and sensitivity of nerve endings.
Alcohol dehydrates the body system. A certain volume of blood is required for genital arousal in bringing in oxygen and greater sensation to the genitals. This is the process that enables hardening of the penis during erection. Thus, low volume of liquid in the body triggers a depressed nervous system. The body in turns suffers during sexual performance leading to fewer, weaker erections.
Drinking enormous amounts of alcohol can affect your sex life, but this isn’t just limited to whiskey. Alcoholic drinks irrespective of the type influences sexual performance.
The sexual repercussions are significantly higher when alcohol is combined with smoking. If you tend to light up while drinking, this further increases your risks for ED. For men under the age of 40, smoking is the biggest cause of erectile dysfunction. There are several studies to show that men who smoke more than 10 cigarettes daily have a higher chance of erectile dysfunction.
If you want to drink before having sex, replace a second or third alcoholic drink with a glass of water, to effectively combat the effects of dehydration. In general, to have a robust sex life, it’s crucial to cut back on alcohol consumption and develop healthier lifestyle habits.