Is Alcohol Affecting Your Sex Life?

For millions of couples all over the world, alcohol plays an important role in their sex lives. Which is to a large extent easy to understand, given the way in which alcohol can get rid of inhibitions, increase confidence and help break down barriers. But according to the experts at, alcohol may be detrimental on the sex lives of millions, without them even realising this is the case.

In both sexes, it is a scientific fact that sexual response can be harmed by prolonged and regular drinking. It’s no secret that if you take things a little too far during a night out, it may become borderline impossible to ‘perform’ at the other end of it. This has nothing to do with personality, preferences and so on – it’s a simple scientific fact. The problem being that far too many people mistakenly believe that alcohol works as an aphrodisiac. But while they are actually doing is mistaking the initial relaxation and confidence a small amount of alcohol can give you with the detrimental effects of excessive and prolonged drinking.

Long story short – drinking too much alcohol either in one sitting or over a long period of time will do nothing other than harm your sex life.

Signs You May Be Drinking Too Much

In terms of what constitutes drinking too much, the answer will always vary significantly from one person to the next. After all, what one person considers to be a genuinely excessive amount of alcohol may represent nothing more than a ‘warm up’ for another. As such, it is a case of considering your own individual circumstances, alongside how much alcohol you consume in relation to recommended intake guidelines.

One way of determining if you are drinking too much is if and when your tolerance seems to be heading nowhere but up. Contrary to popular belief, being able to drink excessive amounts of alcohol without getting drunk and without feeling the consequences the next day is not a sign of good health, quite the contrary in fact. In the same vein, if you have found yourself in a position where there are any activities or matters of importance in your life that you cannot imagine doing without alcohol, you technically have a dependence on alcohol that should be addressed.

Needless to say, sex represents a common and important example of this. For an extraordinary number of people, the idea of indulging in any kind of sexual activity without first consuming a certain amount of alcohol seems borderline impossible. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a glass of wine and a little candlelight to set the mood. But at the same time, if enjoying any kind of sexual activity whatsoever first means getting quite heavily drunk, this represents a problem that should probably be addressed.

Another sign that you may be drinking too much is that of falling into the habit of lying to other people, when it comes to your drinking habits. The simple fact of the matter is that if you know you are not drinking too much and are 100% convinced you are not doing anything wrong, there is no reason whatsoever why you should feel it necessary to lie. Which in turn means that if you are lying, you are basically admitting to yourself and to everyone else that you know you have a problem. If all of this sounds a little too familiar, you may want to consider speaking to the professionals for a little advice.

Consciously Cutting Down

While it may seem like a daunting challenge, cutting down on alcohol consumption for the sake of your health, your wellbeing and indeed your sex life really doesn’t have to be particularly difficult. What’s more, it can be even easier when you approach the job as a couple, as you will be able to help, support and motivate each other along the way.

As is the case with most things, the key lies in setting specific and measurable targets that you can begin working towards right now. Rather than simply saying ‘I am going to quit drinking permanently right now’, it makes much more sense to think about cutting down slowly but surely over time. And rather than approaching things randomly, actually write down exactly to what extent you intend to cut down and establish goals along the way.

It really isn’t until you spend a few weeks or months without alcohol as an integral part of your life that you realise just how rewarding it can be to cut down even a little.

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