South Africa is a beer drinking nation taking up 56% of all alcohol consumed. Alcohol consumption in this country has serious social and public health effects. A 2014 article in the 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.

To address that question, the following facts are offered:

#1: A lot depends on the man and the alcohol. Every person is affected in a different way by alcohol, depending on a large number of factors – their height, weight, general fitness, age, experience with alcohol, stamina/endurance, whether they are rested/fatigued, mood, psychological balance, time of day, etc. And 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, which 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. And it can often impede erections, so that 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 why his libido may be impacted. 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. The effect of alcohol on a healthy penis was well known even in Elizabethan times. 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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