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How does the amount of alcohol you drink affect your sexual health?

How does the amount of alcohol you drink affect your sexual health?

    Let's look at the facts.

    Research findings suggest that alcohol can be a silent murderer of sexual health even in case of moderate drinking.

    You may say that many people drink and do not see any aftereffects.

    Perhaps they do not talk about them or do not relate them to the root cause?

    If consumed in small amounts - approximately less than 25 ml of alcohol per day or up to 200 ml of dry wine or 70 ml of vodka - alcohol does not have a pronounced negative impact on sexual function  (Experts believe that there are no completely safe amounts especially in terms of cardiovascular health). When such amounts are exceeded especially in case of regular abuse for a long time, alcohol makes a considerable impact on sexual (and not only sexual) health.

  • Problem one - you can lose control. Studies have shown that under the influence of alcohol people tend to accept higher risks, have more frequent sexual relationship with new partners and use a condom less often. Such situations increase the risk of infections including HIV. Besides, most cases of sexual violence occur under the influence of alcohol.
  • Problem two - alcohol affects erection. Alcohol has a proven negative effect on erectile function both in terms of achieving and maintaining the necessary “hardness”. By the way, with a bad erection, a condom is less effective.
  • Problem three - you may find it difficult to achieve ejaculation. Alcohol  considerably slows down the time of ejaculation thus making you and your partner feel uncomfortable. Unsafe sex increases a risk of injuries.
  • Problem four – it is more difficult to take enjoyment, orgasm does not occur or become weak and shallow.

    Perhaps this is the main thing. Please note that minor advantages such as a slight effect of abandon and freedom of communication that alcohol gives you are largely offset by its negative impacts on sexual health.

    As a bonus, there are three tips for cutting down the amount of alcohol you drink:

    If you are still going to drink but are willing to control yourself and limit consumption to a safer amount, there are three simple tips:

  • Drink more water – having one or two glasses of water or a sugar-free drink before a party can help reduce a thirst for alcohol.
  • Go for a lower strength – opt for lower-strength drinks, better low-alcohol ones. Studies have shown that this would allow to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Choose smaller bottles and glasses - buying small bottles of alcohol and smaller-size glasses will give you a better control of the amount of alcohol you drink.

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