Alcohol & sex

Full article can be read here on wikipedia. Part of it is copied below.

Alcohol consumption has a number of effects on sexual intercourse and sexual behavior. The effects of alcohol are a balance between its suppressive effects on sexual physiology, which will decrease sexual activity, and its suppression of psychological inhibitions, which will increase the desire for sex.

Alcohol is a depressant. After consumption, alcohol causes the body’s systems to slow down. Often, feelings of drunkenness are associated with elation and happiness but other feelings of anger or depression can arise. Balance, judgment, and coordination are also negatively affected. One of the most significant side effects of alcohol is reduced inhibition. Reduced inhibitions can lead to an increase in sexual behavior.

Alcohol and sex in men
Men’s sexual behaviors can be affected dramatically by alcohol. Both chronic and acute alcohol consumption have been shown in most (but not all) studies to inhibit testosterone production in the testes. This is believed to be caused by the metabolism of alcohol reducing the NAD+/NADH ratio both in the liver and the testes; since the synthesis of testosterone requires NAD+, this tends to reduce testosterone production.

As testosterone is critical for libido and physical arousal, alcohol tends to have deleterious effects on male sexual performance. Studies have been conducted that indicate increasing levels of alcohol intoxication produce a significant degradation in male masturbatory effectiveness. This degradation was measured by measuring blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and ejaculation latency. Alcohol intoxication can decrease sexual arousal, decrease pleasureability and intensity of orgasm, and increased difficulty in attaining orgasm.

Alcohol and sex in women
In many women, alcohol increases sexual arousal and desire, although it does lower the physiological signs of arousal. Women have a different response to alcohol intoxication. Studies have shown that acute alcohol consumption tends to cause increased levels of testosterone and estradiol. Since testosterone controls in part the strength of libido on women, this tends to cause an increase in interest in sex. Also, because women have a higher percentage of body fat and less water in their bodies, alcohol can have a quicker, more severe impact. Women’s bodies take longer to process the alcohol which often takes one-third longer to eliminate the substance.

Sexual behavior in women under the influence of alcohol is also different from men. Studies have shown that increased BAC is associated with longer orgasmic latencies and decreased intensity of orgasm. Some women report a greater sexual arousal with increased alcohol consumption as well as increased sensations of pleasure during orgasm. Because ejaculatory response is visual and can more easily be measured in males, orgasmic response must be measured more intimately. In studies of the female orgasm under the influence of alcohol, orgasmic latencies were measured using a vaginal photoplethysmograph which essentially measures vaginal blood volume.

Psychologically, alcohol has also played a role on sexual behavior. It has been reported that women who were intoxicated believed they were more sexually aroused than before consumption of alcohol. This psychological effect contrasts with the physiological effects measured, but refers back to the loss of inhibitions because of alcohol. Often, society has limited the expression of sexuality by women and alcohol can influence the capacity for a woman to feel more relaxed and in turn, be more able to be sexual. Alcohol may be considered by some women to be a sexual “disinhibitor”.

Now I wonder about your experiences with alcohol? For the men, do you indeed see that alcohol has a negative effect on your sex life? Do you tend to have difficulty to climax or even to get aroused? Can you drink a certain amount and then still have good sex or should you just not drink altogether?

Then for the ladies? Can you drink as much as you want and still feel aroused and uninhibited? Or can you only drink a certain amount and then know you have to stop, otherwise all you might want to do is sleep?

The latter is true for me. I cannot just drink unlimited all evening and then still feel aroused and in the mood for sex. If I had too much, all I want to do is crawl into bed and sleep. But when I have just started drinking and I feel the alcohol relaxing me, I get horny. Always! When I sit in our favorite bar and am halfway through my glass of white wine, I get this tingly feeling all over and sometimes I have this urge to flash my breasts at everyone. Or I want to spread my legs as wide as possible so my Husband can touch me. I frequently have the feeling that my nipples are on fire and ever so frequently I wonder whether people around me could see that I’m aroused.

I know I have my limits. But I would love to hear about your experiences with alcohol and the influence it has on your sex life.

Care to share?

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