Why Drinking Kills Your Sex Life


A drink or two may lower your inhibitions enough to really get into the act, but too much can have a negative impact on your ability to have and enjoy sex. Indeed, it can cause numerous other problems as well. Here are some reasons why drinking alcohol can put a damper on your sex life.

Young couple kissing passionately in a nightclub

Not Rising to the Occasion

Studies have shown that drinking excessively turns off a man’s two most powerful erogenous zones; the penis and the brain. One study in particular found that men who drank no alcohol had an easier time becoming erect and getting to orgasm than those who did partake. Furthermore, some of the intoxicated men were incapable of becoming erect altogether. Alcohol, when used in excess, hinders blood circulation to the penis, reduces orgasmic intensity and makes it harder, or impossible, to feel excited about sex.

Lasting Erectile Problems

Research has shown that men who are chronic drinkers have a dramatically higher rate of long-term erectile problems. It was found that men who drank heavily were up to 70 percent more likely to experience some kind of sexual dysfunction. Among these problems are premature ejaculation, lack of interest and inability to become erect.

Relationship Problems

It’s no big secret that abusing alcohol can cause serious relationship issues. In fact, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has found that heavy drinking is a prime cause of cheating on one’s partner, financial problems and even divorce. Furthermore, it’s believed that nearly all cases of sexual assault can be linked to excess drinking.

Smoking and Drinking

Do you fancy a cigarette with your scotch? If so, you could be putting yourself at a greater risk for suffering erectile problems. Tobacco use is among the most common catalysts for ED in men who are younger than 40. Plus, research has found that men who smoke over ten cigarettes per day are much more likely to have erectile problems than men who don’t smoke.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Alcohol is famous for its inhibition-reducing properties, but while this can be helpful, it can also be detrimental. When you’re dis-inhibited, you’re far more likely to make poor judgements, such as having unprotected sex. It’s been estimated that nearly half of all spontaneous sex occurs under the influence of alcohol. In addition, a staggering 60 percent of of sexually transmitted diseases are obtained under the same circumstances. It’s also been said that young adults have seven times the chance of having unprotected intercourse when they’ve been drinking.

Unwanted Pregnancy

The risk of pregnancy follows in the same vein as STDs. Because you’re far more likely to engage in unprotected sex under the influence of alcohol, you’re also more likely to end up with an unwanted pregnancy. This is often because neither partner is thinking of preventative measure, or they lack the motivation to use any. Alcohol’s dis-inhibiting effects also mean that men are more likely to lose control in the heat of the moment and ejaculate inside the woman, either accidentally or on purpose. Nearly half of all pregnancies are unwanted, and it’s estimated that consuming alcohol in excess may be responsible for about one-third of them.

Memory Loss

What’s the point of having a night of raw passion if you can barely even remember it? Worse yet is waking up next to a partner you can’t even recall going to bed with. Drinking alcohol can cause people to suffer memory loss, or “black out”. The amount of alcohol that has to be consumed for this to happen varies by the individual. For some, it may be as little as a few drinks.

Derek is blogging for Erectile Doctor, a site that provides help for men with erectile dysfunction problems and health tips for men.