Most people mistakenly believe that alcohol is a substance that increases sexual desires, over time too much alcohol can actually put a dampener on your sex life.
Many people use alcohol to help reduce their inhibitions in the hope that it will reduce anxiety and allow them to have better sex.
Although one or two drinks might be beneficial, consuming too much alcohol can change the way a person’s body responds to sexual activity and may result in less satisfying sex.
Drinking alcohol always can make it hard to get or keep an erection. This is called erectile dysfunction (ED).
Alcohol interferes with the messengers in the brain that tell the penis to fill with blood.
It can also happen because alcohol can reduce the production of testosterone. Testosterone is the hormone that controls male sexual functions.
Below are more of the side effects:-
1. Reduce fertility
Lowered testosterone can affect sperm production. This can reduce fertility. Women who drink heavily for a long time may find they stop ovulating. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect fertility.
2. Shrinking of sex organs
Drinking over a long time can cause a man’s testes and penis to shrink. It decreases blood flow to the penis, increases angiotensin, a hormone linked to erectile dysfunction and it depresses your central nervous system.
3. Loss of Libido
Drinking heavily over a long period of time can lead to a lower sex drive (libido). This is because it reduces your levels of testosterone.
Alcohol is a depressant and therefore it can actually reduce your desire for sex rather than boost it. It negatively affects blood circulation, nerves, and respiration which are all needed for sexual arousal and function.
4. Vaginal dryness
In women, the physical impacts of drinking alcohol can be a lack of lubrication due to vaginal dryness and difficulties reaching an orgasm.
Alcohol is dehydrating which can decrease lubrication in the vagina and make sex uncomfortable and painful.
5. Risks sexual diseases
Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and increases your chances of having sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The loss of inhibitions that you experience with alcohol can lead to unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections as you may forget to use protection, such as condoms. Or you may feel that you don’t need to use protection as your judgment is clouded by the effects of alcohol.
The more sober and aware you are, the safer sex will be.
If you want to stop alcohol from affecting your sex life, a simple way to cut down is by increasing your drink-free days. Start by making sure that you keep the amount on this recommended guidance of not regularly drinking more than 14 units a week for both men and women.