Alcohol is the most celebrated beverage in Mzansi. South Africa ranks number 25 in the world and number one in Africa for alcohol consumption. This is according to the latest alcohol consumption world index published on October 10 2018.
Alcohol is also called the social lubricant because it tends to disinhibit people. Drinking takes away shyness. Consequently it makes it easier for them to talk to one another. It’s not an accident that many people may use alcohol when they are chatting up someone who they are interested in sexually. This is because they find that the alcohol can take the pressure off of the situation.
Why does alcohol make it difficult to reach orgasm and ejaculation?
When alcohol enters your system it slowly shuts down your nervous system. If you happen to be a very anxious person, you may find that it seems to turn down the volume of an over-active and over-critical brain. Making it easier to approach and interact with people. The more you drink, the more your brain and nervous system are shutting down. The sensation that you would normally get when you are sober is no longer the same. This eventually makes it more difficult, if not impossible, to reach orgasm and ejaculation during sex.
How does alcohol weaken sex?
In simple terms, alcohol slows down the activity in the brain. The brain can’t process or send out information as fast as it normally would. This is why drinking slows down a person’s reaction time. Consequently they shouldn’t drive or operate any heavy machinery or dangerous tools while drinking even more than a few drinks. Without those nerves firing the way they should, your brain can’t build up sufficient stimulation to send the body over the edge into orgasm. There are individual differences as to how much alcohol a person can tolerate before getting “drunk”. More than 1-2 drinks can already start to impair a person’s ability to reach orgasm.
Alcohol can mess up sex in other ways as well.
Not only does it delay orgasm, but alcohol can mess up sex in other ways too. Increased levels of alcohol numb the brain. The physical sex experience is lessened because the nerves are dulled. This results in less intense feeling over the entire body, including the genitals. Alcohol also can severely impair one’s judgment so that it may lead a person to choose things they might not necessarily do, such as put themselves in danger by having more risky sexual behaviour, like not using a condom for example. You have much less control over what happens to you when you drink alcohol because your brain cannot really weigh all the risks of a situation, and you cannot react as you normally would either.
Long-term effects of alcohol on sex
The negative impact of alcohol is not just in the bedroom. Sustained drinking use can hurt you in the long-term as well. Alcohol increases your blood sugar, your cortisol levels, and your oestrogen levels as well. This will cause you to gain weight over time, damages your blood vessels causing premature heart disease and erectile difficulties, and put you at a higher risk for cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer. So you see that drinking has some very negative effects for sex as well as your overall health.
These are things that should be carefully considered, especially if you find that you rely on it to take away your anxiety, if you are drinking daily, if you often have days that you have more than 2 drinks, or if you’re already having some sexual or medical side effects from drinking.
What we can say to you is to take care of yourself. Look after your health and never ignore the changes you notice in your body’s health. If you see changes in your sexual or overall health because of alcohol, don’t you think it is time to stop drinking. Regularly go see your doctor for a check-up to make sure that everything is still functioning as it should.
Men’s Clinic International deals with any sexual problems that are related to Weak Erections, Early Ejaculation, Low Libido, STIs or Circumcision. Do get in touch with us to book a consultation with our professional doctors who specialise in Men’s Sexual Health.
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