South Africa is a beer drinking nation. Up to 56% of all alcohol consumed is beer. This is just one of the interesting facts about alcohol for men. Another interesting fact about alcohol for men is consumption in this country has serious social and public health effects. A 2014 article in a journal estimated that the economic, social and health costs associated with alcohol-related harms were about 12% of GDP. One area of concern for those seeking to maintain a healthy sexual performance is how what a person puts in the body affects his overall health. For instance, many men enjoy an alcoholic beverage on occasion. How does drinking alcohol affect a man and his performance? Let us find out below.
Consider the following:
#1: A lot depends on the man and the alcohol.
Alcohol affects every person in a different way. This depends on a large number of factors. Examples of these factors are height, weight, general fitness, age, experience with alcohol and stamina/endurance. In addition, whether they are rested/fatigued, mood, psychological balance, time of day also plays a part. The kind of alcohol – beer vs. whiskey, for example – also plays a role in determining effect. So, in some cases, one man may find that a glass of wine relaxes him and helps him perform better in bed. A different man may find that the same glass of wine has the opposite effect.
#2: Too much alcohol is always bad.
Too much alcohol, or consuming alcohol over a long period, is not beneficial to your health. Consuming too much can reduce sensitivity in the penis. This loss of sensitivity can mean that when a guy ejaculates, his orgasm is not as pleasurable as it usually is. It can also affect the libido, sometimes making a man less interested in sex. Alcohol can often impede erections. Consequently even if a man is totally interested, his penis may not respond in an appropriate manner.
#3: Alcohol can lessen testosterone.
Too much alcohol can, due to a lengthy process, decrease a guy’s testosterone levels. This helps explain the impact on his libido. But lower testosterone also can lead to lower sperm production. And – crucially for a lot of guys – low testosterone can in some instances be linked with a bit of penis shrinkage.
#4: Stop drinking before baby making.
According to a 2017 article in the Journal of Men’s Health, men who drink alcohol should cut it out three months before they decide to start making a baby with a partner. The study looked at the semen quality of occasional alcohol drinkers. It found that there was no difference in fertility between those who drank and those who didn’t – but that there was a higher percentage of damaged DNA in the sperm of those who drank. Abstaining for three months can help clear the system.
#5: Shakespeare advised against it.
Even in Elizabethan times the effect of alcohol on a healthy penis was well known. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare says of drinking that it “provokes the desire, but takes away the performance” – in other words, makes a guy feel like demonstrating his skill but then puts his skill to sleep.
Of course, sometimes a guy has penis function issues that are unrelated to alcohol. It’s important to figure out whether alcohol is a factor or not so that a person can know what steps to take to fix the issue.
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