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Alcohol and impotence: Prevalence of sexual dysfunction in male subjects with alcohol dependence

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Prevalence of sexual dysfunction in male subjects with alcohol dependence

Indian J Psychiatry. 2007 Apr-Jun; 49(2): 109–112.

Bijil Simon Arackal

Deaddiction Centre, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore – 560 029, India

Vivek Benegal

Deaddiction Centre, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore – 560 029, India

Deaddiction Centre, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore – 560 029, India

Correspondence: Dr. Vivek Benegal, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore – 560 029, India. E-mail: [email protected]

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Abstract

Background:

Chronic and persistent alcohol use is known to induce sexual dysfunction, which leads to marked distress and interpersonal difficulty.

Aim:

We attempted to assess the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in a clinical sample of subjects with alcohol dependence.

Materials and Methods:

One hundred male subjects admitted to a deaddiction centre with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence syndrome with simple withdrawal symptoms (F10.30, ICD-10 criteria) were assessed for sexual dysfunction using a sexual dysfunction checklist, constructed using items from the Diagnostic Criteria for Research [ICD-10] for sexual dysfunction.

Results:

Seventy-two per cent had one or more sexual dysfunction, the most common being premature ejaculation, low sexual desire and erectile dysfunction. The amount of alcohol consumed appeared to be the most significant predictor of developing sexual dysfunction.

Conclusion:

Sexual dysfunction is common in patients with alcohol dependence. Heavy drinking proportionately increases the risk. Clinicians need to routinely assess sexual functioning in alcoholic patients so that other factors contributing to sexual dysfunction can be ruled out.

Keywords: Alcohol dependence, sexual dysfunction

Chronic and persistent alcohol use is known to induce sexual dysfunction, which leads to marked distress and interpersonal difficulty. This, in turn, is known to worsen the alcohol abuse. Sexual dysfunction in the alcoholic may be due to the depressant effect of alcohol itself, alcohol-related disease or due to a multitude of psychological forces related to the alcohol use.[1] The spectrum of sexual dysfunction encompasses:

  1. Decreased sexual desire—persistent or recurrent deficiency or absence of desire for sexual activity giving rise to marked distress and interpersonal difficulty;

  2. Sexual aversion disorder—persistent or recurrent aversion and avoidance of all genital sexual contact leading to marked distress and interpersonal difficulty;

  3. Difficulty in erection—recurrent or persistent, partial or complete failure to attain or maintain an erection until the completion of the sex act;

  4. Difficulty in achieving orgasm—persistent or recurrent delay in or absence of orgasm, following a normal sexual excitement phase;

  5. Premature ejaculation—persistent or recurrent ejaculation with minimal sexual stimulation, before, on or shortly after penetration and before the person wishes it, which causes marked distress. [2]

Alcohol abuse is the leading cause of impotence and other disturbances in sexual dysfunction.[3] Episodic erectile failure in alcoholic men is fairly routine, found to be significantly higher in men consuming more than three standard units of alcohol (12 g ethanol) daily and in subjects smoking more than 10 cigarettes/day.[4] Van Thiel and Lester[5] reported that 61% of patients dependent on alcohol reported sexual dysfunction, the most common being erectile dysfunction followed by reduced sexual desire. Erectile dysfunction and reduced sexual desire were frequently seen to be coexisting.[6–9] Vijayasenan,[10] found that of 97 male inpatients admitted for the treatment of alcoholism, 71% suffered from sexual dysfunction for a period of more than 12 months prior to admission to a hospital. The disturbances noted were diminished sexual desire (58%), ejaculatory incompetence (22%), erectile impotence (16%) and premature ejaculation (4%). Virtually all aspects of the human sexual response are affected by alcohol especially sexual desire and erection. [11]

Schiavi et al.[12] failed to find any difference in sexual dysfunction in alcoholics abstinent for 2-3 months in comparison with a nonalcoholic control group, speculating that alcohol-induced sexual dysfunction was reversible with abstinence. The aim of the present study was to estimate the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in males with alcohol dependence. We specifically assessed male subjects admitted to a treatment center with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence syndrome, without obvious hepatic cirrhosis or other co-morbidity. Female patients were excluded from the study as the number of women who use alcohol in India are few and the number of female alcoholics who avail of treatment centers are too few to contribute to significant statistical power. Also, the spectrum of sexual dysfunction is different in the female from the male.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

One hundred male subjects, consecutively admitted to the Deaddiction Centre of the National Institute of Mental Health And NeuroSciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India, with a diagnosis of Alcohol Dependence Syndrome With Simple Withdrawal Symptoms (F10. 30, ICD-10 criteria) [WHO][13] were recruited for the study. All subjects gave informed consent for taking part in the study. Subjects were initially assessed on the schedules for clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry (SCAN)[14] by a trained psychiatrist (VB). All patients were subjected to detailed clinical and biochemical examinations including blood glucose and liver enzymes. Patients with significantly high levels of liver enzymes or physical findings suggestive of hepatic cirrhosis were referred for ultrasound assessment of the abdomen.

Subjects were included if they were:

  1. between 20-50 years of age

  2. married or had a regular sexual partner

Patients were excluded if they had a

  1. Clinically assessed history of primary sexual dysfunction [prior to initiation of alcohol use]

  2. Co-morbid physical disorders: diabetes mellitus, hypertension, signs and symptoms suggestive of alcoholic cirrhosis, a clinical diagnosis of endocrine disorders, other systemic illnesses, history of genito-urinary surgery and neurological or spinal cord lesions.

  3. Co-morbid psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, delusional disorder, anxiety disorders and mood disorders including dysthymia. Patients who had symptoms of depression or anxiety not fulfilling a syndromal diagnosis were included in the study.

  4. Substance use other than alcohol and tobacco.

  5. Use of drugs affecting sexual function (antipsychotics, antidepressants, antihypertensives, steroids, disulfiram etc.)

All the above subjects were assessed for the prevalence of one or more sexual dysfunction experienced over the past 12 months using a sexual dysfunction checklist (Appendix A) by a trained psychiatrist (BSA). The checklist contains items corresponding to 12 areas of sexual dysfunction described in the Diagnostic Criteria for Research, ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders.[15] This was necessary as the SCAN does not contain a detailed assessment for the ICD-10 section on Sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorder or disease (F52). The disorders specifically tapped by the checklist were aversion towards sex, low sexual desire, difficulty in achieving and in maintaining erection, premature ejaculation, inhibited or delayed ejaculation orgasm with flaccid penis, anorgasmia, pain at the time of coitus, dissatisfaction with frequency of intercourse per week (in the last year and in a representative week 5 years earlier), partner and, own sexual function.

Sexual dysfunction was rated for the last one year and temporary or situational complaints were ignored. Data regarding the quantity of alcohol usually consumed per day [in standard drinks; where 1 drink = 30 ml. Spirits = 330 ml. Beer = 1/3 sachet of arrack] and duration of dependence, was extracted from the items corresponding to the section on Mental and Behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol [F10.0] in the SCAN and used in the analyses. However, only the presence or absence of tobacco consumption and not a measure of severity was used for analyses. The ratings were sought after two weeks of inpatient stay after the period of detoxification with benzodiazepines.

RESULTS

The 100 male subjects had a mean age of 37.09 (± 6.74) years. The quantity of alcohol consumed per day was 20.6 (± 9.07) standard drinks [8-42 drinks per day]. The mean duration of alcohol dependence was 8.59 (± 6.64) years. 87% of the subjects also used tobacco [chewing and / or smoking]. Seventy-two of the 100 subjects reported one or more sexual dysfunction. Four (4%) subjects reported aversion to sex to the extent that they had not attempted sexual intercourse in the last one year. Consequently, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction other than aversion to sex and low sexual desire, had to be calculated after excluding these 4 subjects.

Premature ejaculation was reported by 36 out of 96 (37.5%) subjects, out of which, 27 (28.12%) had complaints of ejaculating within the first minute itself and the rest (9.38%) ejaculated within three minutes of intromission. The next most frequent sexual dysfunction reported was low sexual desire, which was reported by 36 out of 100 subjects. Erectile dysfunction was reported by 33.3% of the subjects with difficulty in achieving erection in 19 subjects (19.79%) and difficulty in maintaining erection in 13 subjects (13.54%).

Fourteen subjects (14.58%) had a lack of pleasure at the time of ejaculation (anorgasmia) and 10 (10.41%) had inhibited or delayed ejaculation. Next was the complaint of dissatisfaction with the frequency of sexual intercourse in 26 people (27.03%) and dissatisfaction with own sexual function reported by 19 patients (19.79%).

Nine subjects (9.37%) had dissatisfaction with the sexual relationship with their partner and eight subjects reported (8.33%) orgasm with flaccid penis. Coital pain or feeling of pain in genitals at the time of sexual intercourse was seen in six subjects (6.1%).

There was a significant reduction in the frequency of sexual intercourse per week over the last five years having decreased from a mean of 4.6 (± 2.6) times per week to 2.2 (± 2.2) times per week currently. Forty-eight per cent of the sample had more than one sexual dysfunction. Of the 24 subjects with only one complaint, the most frequent complaint was that of premature ejaculation in 18 subjects.

The number of sexual dysfunction complaints was significantly associated with the amount of alcohol consumed per day. On curve-fitting the data, there was a significant positive linear relationship (F = 10.54; dF 87; P = 0.002) []. However, there was no correlation between the reduction in frequency of sexual intercourse over the last five years and the amount of alcohol consumed.

Linear regression illustrates the predictive relationship between the amount of alcohol consumed and the likelihood of any sexual dysfunction.

There appeared to be no significant correlations between the subjects’ ages and duration of alcohol dependence with the number of complaints of dysfunction. People with tobacco use were no more likely to have more sexual dysfunction than those without tobacco use [t = -1. 32; dF 97; P = 0.19].

DISCUSSION

Sexual dysfunction appears to be common among male subjects with alcohol dependence. Seventy-two per cent of the subjects with alcohol dependence complained of one or more problems with sexual functioning. This is similar to what has been reported in earlier studies.[10,16] Multiple co-existing dysfunctions seemed to be the norm in the sample studied. The most common condition reported in our study was premature ejaculation followed closely by low sexual desire and erectile dysfunction.

The number of symptoms reported appeared to be a function of the amount of alcoholic beverage consumed. The chance of developing sexual dysfunctions appears to increase with increasing quantity of alcohol consumed. Higher levels of alcohol intake may result in greater neurotoxic effects. It has been reported that heavy alcohol use may contribute to a reversible vagal neuropathy, which is perhaps reversible on abstinence.[17] However, chronic heavy use of alcohol is also known to significantly alter gonadal hormones. [9]

There is also a significant population, which has psychogenic sexual dysfunction, which is likely in a situation of marital conflict, which commonly exists in the families of alcoholics.[18] There is some evidence of this with more than a third of the subjects reporting dissatisfaction with their spouses’ responses and / or decreased frequency. This cannot be conclusive without data on nocturnal erection or sexual activity in alternate situations. One of the limitations of this exploratory study is that marital functioning was not specifically assessed.

Counterintuitively, the likelihood of developing sexual dysfunction did not depend on the number of years of alcohol dependence or on the age of the subject. One reason for these findings may be the narrow range of ages at presentation and durations of dependence across the group.

Tobacco use though, was not found to be a significant determinant of sexual dysfunction. This is contrary to all reported evidence.[19] This finding is most likely to be due to our treatment of tobacco use as a categorical (present / absent) variable in a situation where almost 90% of the sample was using tobacco. Future studies need to use indices of severity to avoid this error.

The exclusive focus on male alcoholics was necessitated by the fact that the prevalence of alcohol use by females in India, and consequent alcohol dependence is exceedingly low. Having a non-drinking or low-drinking control sample, would have lent greater depth to these findings.

Nevertheless, this study highlights the ubiquitousness of sexual problems in the heavy-drinking population. It also stresses the need for addiction medicine specialists to note the possibility of sexual problems in their clients. In addition, it highlights the need for sexual medicine specialists to consider the effects of heavy alcohol use on sexual functioning. However, there is ample evidence that alcohol-induced sexual dysfunction, for the most part, is reversible with cessation of alcohol use.[18] Thus, this information can be used in motivational counselling of heavy drinkers to provide impetus for change. Clinicians are well advised to routinely assess sexual functioning in patients with alcohol dependence.

Appendix A

Sexual dysfunction checklist

In the past 12 months… Yes = 1 No = 0
Global Situational
  1. Has the prospect of having sex with your partner produced such aversion, fear or anxiety that you avoided any sexual activity (Aversion to sex)?

  2. Have you had a lack or loss of sexual desire, which has led you to initiating sexual activity with your partner or engaging in solitary masturbation, at a frequency clearly lower than previous levels (Low sexual desire)?

  3. Have you had a difficulty in getting an erection sufficient for intercourse (Difficulty achieving erection)?

  4. Have you had difficulty in maintaining erection (full erection occurs during the early stages of lovemaking but disappears when intercourse is attempted or before ejaculation if it occurs) (Difficulty maintaining erection)?

  5. Have you found that frequently (or always) you have ejaculated before you would like to: before entry?

    < 1 min?

    < 3 min?

    (Premature ejaculation)

  6. Have you frequently had problems in ejaculating even when erect (Inhibited / delayed ejaculation)?

  7. Have you ever ejaculated without getting full erection (Orgasm with flaccid penis)?

  8. Do you have difficulty in reaching the peak of pleasure at the time of ejaculation (Anorgasmia)?

  9. Have you felt pain in the genitals during sexual intercourse (Coital pain)?

  10. Are you satisfied with the frequency of sex (Frequency dissatisfaction)?

  11. Are you satisfied with your sexual relationship with your partner (Dissatisfaction of sexual relation with partner)?

  12. Are you satisfied with your sexual performance (Dissatisfaction with own sexual function)?

Footnotes

Source of Support: Nil

Conflict of Interest: None declared

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Why Boozing Can Be Bad for Your Sex Life – Erectile Dysfunction Center

Drink a little alcohol; kiss your bedroom jitters goodbye: Anyone who’s transformed into Don Juan after a couple of cocktails knows that. But beyond that newfound confidence, is alcohol good for your sex life?

Actually, the effect can be the opposite as your blood alcohol level increases. Alcohol is a depressant, and using it heavily can dampen mood, decrease sexual desire, and make it difficult for a man to achieve erections or reach an orgasm while under the influence. In fact, overdoing it on booze is a common cause of erectile dysfunction.

That doesn’t mean you need to cut back completely — most experts say moderation is key. But what’s “moderation” exactly? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), moderate drinking is no more than two drinks a day for men (and one drink a day for women). The liver can only break down the amount of alcohol in about one standard-size drink an hour, so regularly drinking more than that means that toxins from alcohol can build up in your body and affect your organs, including those involved in sex.

Here’s why you should think twice about tossing back too many.

5 Ways Alcohol Can Wreck Your Sex Life

For men, heavy drinking can lead to:

Temporary erectile dysfunction. Researchers have found that too much alcohol affects both your brain and your penis. In one University of Washington study, sober men were able to achieve an erection more quickly than intoxicated men — and some men are unable to have an erection at all after drinking.

That’s because pre-sex boozing decreases blood flow to your penis, reduces the intensity of your orgasm, and can dampen your level of excitement (in other words, even if you are able to have sex, it may not be nearly as pleasurable as it would be without the excess alcohol).

Long-term erectile dysfunction. The risk for long-term erectile dysfunction has been linked to chronic heavy use of alcohol. In fact, studies show that men who are dependent on alcohol have a 60 to 70 percent chance of suffering from sexual problems. The most common of these are erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and loss of sexual desire.

Ruined relationships. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol use beyond moderation is associated with relationship problems that include conflict, infidelity, economic insecurity, and divorce. In addition, 90 percent of all sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption.

The sexual repercussions of smoking. If you are someone who tends to light up while drinking, you could be further increasing your risk for ED. For men under the age of 40, smoking is the biggest cause of erectile dysfunction — and studies show that men who smoke more than 10 cigarettes daily are at an increased risk for erectile dysfunction.

STDs. Another big risk when combining sex and alcohol? Getting exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. Studies show that almost 50 percent of unplanned sexual encounters involve alcohol, and 60 percent of STDs are transmitted when alcohol is involved. Young adults who use alcohol are seven times more likely to have unprotected sex.

Why Less Is More

The relaxing effect of alcohol and the feeling of well-being that comes with a drink or two have made alcohol humans’ favorite beverage for about 10,000 years. Though some studies confirm that alcohol (in moderation!) is good for your heart and circulation (which can work against erectile dysfunction), it’s important to remember that sex and alcohol are a delicate balancing act.

If you’ve experienced a lack of sexual desire, premature ejaculation, relationship problems, or erectile dysfunction because of mixing alcohol and sex, you may be letting alcohol get the best of your sex life.

Whiskey Dick or Alcohol-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider. The articles on Health Guide are underpinned by peer-reviewed research and information drawn from medical societies and governmental agencies. However, they are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

How many times have you had a drink or two to get in the mood? Alcohol has a reputation as a sexual enabler and enhancer. Unfortunately, this libationary lothario status has led many of us to overindulge, leading to the only thing worse than a hangover: whiskey dick.

  • “Whiskey dick,” also known as alcohol-induced ED, refers to erection problems that follow drinking alcohol. 
  • Booze impairs circulation and nerve sensitivity—two factors crucial to sexual arousal—and increases levels of a hormone linked to ED.
  • Reportedly, women experience it, too.
  • Whiskey dick usually abates when you sober up, but chronic heavy drinking can lead to long-term ED.

“Whiskey dick,” or alcohol-related ED, is the inability to get a sufficient erection after consuming alcohol. You might not be able to get an erection at all or get one that’s weaker or doesn’t last as long as you like.

How many drinks does that take? It’s not an easy question to answer. Alcohol tolerance varies widely, depending on your individual body chemistry and factors such as how much you drink and how often, and so does the body’s reaction to it—including any effect on erectile function. 

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Alcohol acts as a depressant on the central nervous system (CNS). It has a sedating effect on the brain and body. That’s what causes its typical effects, both pleasant (relaxation, a feeling of warmth) and not so much (lack of inhibition, a decline in motor skills, and whiskey dick, to name a few). 

In the case of whiskey dick, alcohol affects some of the key systems involved in sexual arousal and erection, blood circulation, and nerve sensitivity.

  • During sexual arousal, the brain sends messages to the penis, telling it to become erect. Intoxication can slow down or interrupt those signals between the brain and body, resulting in ED.
  • Dehydration caused by drinking alcohol causes blood volume to decline, reducing circulation. Since erections are reliant on healthy blood flow, that can gum up the works.
  • Dehydration also causes levels of angiotensin, a hormone associated with ED, to rise. That makes blood vessels constrict, which is the opposite of what needs to happen during an erection.

Sort of. At a certain point, alcohol consumption can interfere with sexual arousal in both genders. That’s because alcohol is dehydrating and, just as with men, reduces the circulation and nerve sensitivity that causes women to become aroused.

Hopefully, whiskey dick will last only as long as it takes for you to sober up. But chronic drinking may also be one cause of ED.

In one study of 100 men who were heavy drinkers, 72% reported having a sexual dysfunction, including erection problems, premature ejaculation, and low sexual desire; 33% reported having ED. “Alcohol abuse is the leading cause of impotence and other disturbances in sexual dysfunction,” the researchers wrote (Arackal, 2007).   

Drinking too much alcohol can also increase your chances of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), which can damage blood vessels throughout the body. That can impede blood flow to your brain, heart, and penis, raising your risk of stroke, heart disease, and ED.

If you experience whiskey dick, it’s possible your body is telling you to take a look at how much you’re drinking.

Experts like the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that to reduce your risk of serious problems like cancer and heart disease, it’s best to drink in moderation. That’s defined as no more than two drinks a day for men, and one daily drink for women. Your sex life can only benefit.

  1. Arackal, B. S., & Benegal, V. (2007). Prevalence of sexual dysfunction in male subjects with alcohol dependence. Indian journal of psychiatry, 49(2), 109–112. https://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5545.33257

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Alcohol and Erections: A Rocky Relationship

In 30 Seconds

Even light to moderate drinking can trigger erectile dysfunction (ED) symptoms, according to research from the International Journal of Impotence.

Studies of men who are heavy drinkers (more than 21 drinks per week) have found that between 58.4% and 72% of them experience ED symptoms.

Alcohol and alcohol abuse is one of the leading causes of ED.

You’d think a few pints or a little tipple would be good for your sex life, right? Any of us who have turned into a veritable Don Juan after a few drinks can attest to that. But extra confidence aside, could alcohol be ruining our sex lives?

The. Short. Answer. Is. Yes. The International Journal of Impotence Research reviewed over 24 studies on sexual dysfunction and alcohol. The result? They found that even light to moderate drinking (less than 21 drinks per week) can trigger erectile dysfunction (ED) symptoms.

Having said that, the British Society for Sexual Medicine states that consuming less than 14 drinks per week does not appear to have any significant effect on sexual performance. So the jury may be out. But the real truth of the matter is that moderation – that most unsexy of words – is key.

Here’s why you should think twice before ordering another round:

Even light to moderate drinking can trigger ED symptoms, according to some research

Why Booze May Be Ruining Your Sex Life

  • Studies of men who are heavy drinkers (more than 21 drinks per week) have found that between 58.4% and 72% of them experience ED symptoms.
  • Regularly drinking more alcohol than the liver can break down (typically one or more standard-size drinks per hour) causes toxins to build up in the body. As expected, the amount of alcohol consumed is directly linked with sexual dysfunction.  Heavier drinking significantly increases the risk of sexual dysfunction. Greater alcohol consumption also increases the number of symptoms experienced.
  • Alcohol and alcohol abuse is the leading cause of ED. According to a medical article published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry: “Episodic erectile failure in alcoholic men is fairly routine, found to be significantly higher in men consuming more than three standard units of alcohol daily”.
  • Drinkers get less of the yes yes yesss. 11% of those of us who drink alcohol have problems reaching orgasm, according to research.
  • Might be time to go cold turkey? Long-term alcohol use can also interfere with testicular function. Plus, it can cause irreversible damage to the nerves in the penis and alter male hormone production, which can result in ED – and also infertility.
  • Studies have shown that ED affects alcohol abusers even when they’re sober. A sobering fact indeed.
  • Alcohol can also contribute to other sexual problems. Research has shown that 14.6% of men experienced a lack of pleasure at the time of ejaculation, 10.4% had delayed ejaculation and 27% experience dissatisfaction with frequency of sexual intercourse.
  • It’s not only about ED. Drinking can lead to other serious health complications like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems; cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon; learning and memory problems, including dementia; mental health problems, including depression and anxiety; and social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment.

The Science Part?

“Alcohol is a depressant and the body’s systems slow down considerably when drinking.  The slowing of these systems can severely inhibit sexual performance.” As Dr Chaudry explains, when your body consumes alcohol the central nervous system is affected; respiration, circulation and nerve ending sensitivity are all slowed down. “Alcohol causes dehydration, so blood and oxygen flow are also reduced.”

Dehydration increases the production of the hormone angiotensin and reduces levels of testosterone, both of which are associated with ED. “With the reduction of blood flow, nerve sensitivity, testosterone, and the increase of angiotensin, it can become difficult to achieve or sustain an erection,” Dr Chaudry explains.

“Alcohol is a depressant and the body’s systems slow down considerably when drinking. The slowing of these systems can severely inhibit sexual performance”

Dr Earim Chaudry

In Conclusion

Time to quit or at least cut down? Drinking is so acceptable in our society but that doesn’t mean it’s good for us, or for our sex lives. If you’re worried that you may be drinking too much  – or maybe someone in your family is – there’s no shame in going to your doctor. And having at least a few nights off a week could be the thing that turns your sex life around. Win win.

Alcohol stops men being a flop in bed

By Ewen Callaway

Good news, boys. Moderate drinking may actually protect against impotence

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Men might want to remember a new rhyme&colon; a drink a day keeps erectile dysfunction away.

Despite traditional views about the effects of booze on male performance, new research suggests that moderate drinking actually protects against impotence in the long term – perhaps for the same reason a glass or two of wine a day cuts the odds of suffering from heart disease.

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There is good evidence that excessive drinking can hinder sexual performance after a night out – a phenomenon sometimes called “brewer’s droop”. The effect has been noted for many years&colon; “[Drink] provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance,” Shakespeare reminds us in Macbeth.

But over longer periods, moderate drinking doesn’t seem to be linked to erectile dysfunction, says Kew-Kim Chew, an epidemiologist at the University of West Australia in Nedlands, whose team conducted an anonymous postal survey of 1770 West Australian men.

After accounting for differences due to age, smoking and heart disease – all risk factors for ED – Chew and colleagues found that drinkers experienced rates of impotence 25% to 30% below those of teetotallers.

Heart link

The study did not examine how alcohol seems to protect against ED, but he thinks antioxidants in some kinds of alcohol play a role. Other studies suggest that both red and white wine protect against heart disease via a similar mechanism.

One theory holds that ED and heart disease are both manifestations of the same disease. Indeed, Chew found that men who suffer from ED are more likely to go onto develop heart disease.

Chew calls for further research on the connection between alcohol, impotence and heart disease. And he says his team’s study should not give men a new reason to hit the bottle. “It would be socially irresponsible to say that even a binge drinker can get some benefits.”

Journal reference&colon; Journal of Sexual Medicine (DOI&colon; 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.01115.x)

More on these topics:

Alcohol and erectile dysfunction – your questions answered

Alcoholism will often lead to sexual problems in a relationship and for men, this most often means problems getting and sustaining an erection, even when sober.

Difficulty with erections is known as ‘erectile dysfunction’ or ‘ED’.

Alcoholism and sexual problems

Defining what constitutes alcoholism is not easy as there is no precise medical definition or diagnostic test. It is the most serious form of problem drinking, and describes an often uncontrollable desire to drink alcohol.

Sufferers of alcoholism will often place their need to drink above all else including relationships, work and family, and may build up a physical tolerance or experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking.

Alcoholism is also sometimes known as alcohol addiction or alcohol dependence and this is slightly different to ‘binge drinking’ which is an occasional pattern of drinking which can cause damage your health.

To keep health risks from alcohol low, the UK Chief Medical Officers advice is to not drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis, which is the equivalent of six pints of average strength beer or six 175ml glasses of average strength wine.

At its most basic, alcoholism is a medical condition in which a person becomes highly dependent on alcohol, despite the fact that it is proving harmful to health and breaking this addiction is always very difficult.

Alcoholism has both physical and social consequences. There are the toxic effects of too much alcohol, consumed over the short and long term, on many body tissues – particularly in the liver, and the brain and nervous system – and there are also the social consequences of alcoholism: for many alcoholics, the disruption of their personal lives can be more immediately obvious and important than the chemical changes occurring inside them.

If either partner in a relationship is an alcoholic, then sexual difficulties will almost certainly be one of the consequences of the problem and for men, this most commonly manifests itself as erectile dysfunction (ED), which can be present even when you are sober.

Some key points about alcohol abuse and sexual problems are that:

• Up to two thirds of men who drink heavily experience ED at some time, and that even moderate drinking can trigger symptoms. (Conversely, the British Society for Sexual Medicine has said that drinking less than 14 units per week does not appear to have any significant impact on sexual performance so moderation appears to be the key here.)

• Excessive alcohol intake can also adversely affect sexual performance including lack of libido, delayed ejaculation, a lack of pleasurable orgasm, and reduced frequency of sex.

• Long term excessive drinking can also cause damage to penile nerves, affect the normal function of the testicles and reduce levels of the male hormone testosterone – all of which can trigger ED, and also impact on fertility.

• The greater the amount of alcohol regularly consumed, the more likely it is that sexual problems will occur.

    It is not just sexual performance that is affected by alcohol. Drinking more than is recommended is also linked to seven different types of cancer (including the mouth, gullet, stomach and liver), anxiety and depression, high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease.



    Alcoholism and psychiatric illness

    In addition to the direct physical effects of excess alcohol, many alcoholics also have significant psychiatric illness, the most common being depression and anxiety although long term problems such as dementia are also more common.

    Many depressed people turn to drinking to give short-term relief of depression, only to find that alcohol doesn’t help – but that the consumption can rapidly get out of control. Contrary to what many people think, alcohol is actually a depressant and so slows the body down during drinking, including the central nervous system. Dehydration linked to alcohol also reduces oxygen and blood flow in some parts of the body.

    The elderly are a section of the population that is growing in numbers, but in whom loneliness and depression are common and often not recognised and unfortunately some of them turn to drinking to make life more bearable. This means that increasing age, depression and anxiety, and excessive alcohol use are all strongly associated with erectile dysfunction.



    Alcoholism and ED treatment

    Like alcoholism, ED in general is under-reported and concealed. Exactly how many people there are with both problems is therefore unknown but a basic point is that treatment cannot start until all problems are recognised. The treatment of ED associated with alcoholism clearly has to emphasise the need to control the drinking and preferably stop it completely, but chronic alcoholism can be a very difficult condition to treat successfully.

    Any associated depression also needs to be detected and effectively treated and in some people, this is the key to stopping the alcohol abuse.

    Although the common treatments for erectile dysfunction such as drug therapy (with Sildenafil (Viagra) and related medications) and mechanical aids may help men to obtain an erection, they don’t address relationship difficulties arising from alcohol abuse. Counselling is also an essential part of treatment for alcoholism and helping a couple to repair their sexual relationship once drinking has stopped.

    Where to get help



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      Guys, let’s talk about alcohol and ED (whiskey dick)

      It’s no secret people like to drink. Some, more than others; reports suggest that at least 65 million people binge drink. It’s a surprisingly fine line between a few casual drinks and binge drinking; for men, it’s about five drinks in two hours. Guys, if we’re honest, that means many of us are technically binge drinking at an average weekend hangout, pool session, or barbeque. Not to mention the significant amount we can drink at more special events like work conferences, boat parties, or the occasional bachelor party in Vegas.

      These are fulfilling experiences; being in new, exciting places, laughing with friends, booze flowing, sky-high confidence; and often a large part of the appeal is the anticipation of meeting someone new, having a connection, and getting physical. While it’s true that alcohol can give men a feeling of “liquid courage,” that same alcohol-induced courage can come with a cruel twist: alcohol-induced erectile dysfunction, also known as “whiskey dick.”

      Alcohol-induced ED

      You’ve probably heard the term whiskey dick. A more accurate term would be “alcohol dick,” but that’s not as catchy. A man has whiskey dick when he is unable to get an erection while intoxicated. In other words, whiskey dick is erectile dysfunction, or ED, caused by alcohol.

      Whiskey dick happens because alcohol interferes with the brain’s chemical messages, which can decrease blood flow to the penis. Because erections are all about blood flow, drinking excessively can make you soft, even if you desire sex. If your system is full of alcohol, your body will usually focus more on processing the alcohol than achieving and maintaining an erection.

      For partners of men experiencing alcohol-induced ED, it’s important to remember that whiskey dick, or ED, is not an immediate indication of a lack of affection, love, or desire. It’s a matter of basic science and the body’s natural functions.

      Pros and Cons of drinking before sex

      Alcohol is not always a bad thing when it comes to sex. Drinking alcohol in moderation can help men relax, removing inhibitions and increasing sexual confidence and performance. Everyone is different, so it’s important to know your body and your limits with alcohol consumption, especially if you’re hoping to engage in sexual activity.

      Binge drinking for women is defined to be around four drinks in two hours, and the sexual side effects it causes can be equal to that of men. Women obviously don’t have the same anatomy as men and therefore, cannot experience erectile dysfunction in the same way. However, they may find it difficult to reach orgasm while intoxicated. They may also see their orgasms decrease in intensity after heavy drinking.

      Alcohol’s long-term effect on Erectile Dysfunction

      When it comes to binge drinking and ED, there’s more at stake than being embarrassed and disappointed that you couldn’t perform while you were under the influence. Years of binge drinking can change a stand-alone case of whiskey dick to a frequent occurrence. Your erections can be permanently affected, as frequent binge drinking can alter hormonal balances, lower sexual desire, and cause premature ejaculation. Alcohol can also lower testosterone levels, contributing to a decreased libido.

      Treating whiskey dick (Erectile Dysfunction) with Giddy

      Whiskey dick and other forms of ED are very common. 1 in 4 men experience ED before they’re 40, and many of those cases are due to excessive alcohol consumption. But whiskey dick doesn’t have to be the end of your drinking days or your sex life. Fortunately, there’s an all-natural treatment available. Giddy is a wearable ED device that places pressure on the veins in the penis, allowing for optimal blood flow without restricting the wrong areas. This means a man can achieve and maintain an erection and enjoy normal ejaculation, even with alcohol in their system.

      Giddy was designed to be an effective treatment for ED, including whiskey dick, without the side effects of pills, pumps, or traditional constriction devices. Having a Giddy in your pocket means having the confidence to buy another round and still enjoy healthy, rewarding sex afterwards. Curious? Get Giddy.

      articles of the medical center Oxford Medical Ivano-Frankovsk

      Trisch Vladimir Ivanovich – urologist, andrologist, sex therapist of the highest category, candidate of medical sciences, chief physician of the medical center “Oxford Medical Ivano-Frankivsk”

      In modern society, talk about male potency is reduced to jokes and anecdotes that men love to share with a glass of beer. No matter how ironic it may sound, over time these jokes become more and more relevant and become completely sad.

      How does alcohol affect potency?

      First, it should be noted that many men drink alcohol before intercourse, because they sincerely believe that a certain dose of alcohol can improve endurance and delay ejaculation as long as possible. Also, in their opinion, alcohol will help overcome stress and fatigue, and increase sexual desire. This is partly true, but depending on the dose and the so-called “experience” of drinking alcohol, a person will feel the same negative consequences.

      Let’s try to understand how alcohol works. In small doses, alcohol excites the nervous system – hence an increase in sexual desire, a decrease in inhibitory functions. Alcohol also promotes vasodilation (vasodilation), which promotes instant erection. Well, the main effect for which men like to drink before sex is inhibition of sensitivity, which postpones ejaculation and prolongs sexual intercourse. The goal is to surprise your sexual partner and strengthen your male ego.

      Consequences of long-term alcohol consumption

      Unfortunately, every milligram of alcohol does not go unnoticed. As noted above, the more and more intensely a person drinks alcohol, the faster he will feel the side effects on himself.

      At first, a person understands that to maintain the effect, the dose of alcohol should be increased each time, and this is a direct path to alcohol dependence, will be accompanied by mood lability, violation of all organs and systems and, of course, male health disorders.It starts with a decrease in erotic dreams (2-3 dreams per month is the norm), later on, long and painful ejaculation, decreased libido. In the long term – problems in the family, at work and ruined their own life.

      By the way, men believe that beer is much safer than vodka or cognac, relying solely on the ppm indicated on the drink label. But I must say that beer is actually more harmful. This is due to the high content of phytoestrogens in beer – analogs of female hormones, which completely rebuild the male hormonal background.And this brings serious changes in erectile function. Also, drinks containing alcohol significantly increase the appetite, so beer lovers can boast of a beer belly and a few extra pounds.

      How to fix erection problems?

      In fact, awareness of the problem is a big step towards solving it, because almost every man finds it difficult to agree with the fact that he has problems in bed, it is even more difficult to recognize problems with alcohol. To eliminate the problem, you should adhere to the following rules:

      • stop drinking alcohol;
      • eliminate intoxication;
      • Review the diet – more vitamins, minerals, proteins and zinc;
      • Adequate rest and normal sleep
      • Smoking cessation.

      And the last important point – contact your doctor who will help you choose an individual effective treatment. For such a problem as erectile dysfunction, it is worth choosing an integrated approach: drug therapy, hardware treatment (shock wave therapy), psychotherapy.

      Do not delay the solution of the problem, trust the specialists! Save your male health!

      You can make an appointment with a urologist and a sex therapist by calling the contact center: 067 3777299, 050 3777299

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      Alcoholic impotence: symptoms and treatment of impotence when drinking alcohol

      Alcohol and impotence are two parts of “one whole”. And one part can cause another part. Alcoholic beverages impair blood circulation in the body and can lead to erectile dysfunction. In turn, male failure in bed can lead to alcoholism.

      Some men believe that drinking alcohol has a positive effect on potency.

      On the one hand, this is really a true statement, since alcohol leads to an increase in sex drive, prevents premature ejaculation. On the other hand, alcohol abuse leads to impotence.

      Why is this happening? It is necessary to consider how alcoholism and impotence are interconnected, and how alcohol affects the sexual strength of the stronger sex?

      Alcohol and men’s health

      As already mentioned, a small amount of alcoholic beverage helps a man gain confidence in himself and his strength, leads to increased sexual desire, and increases the duration of intercourse.

      Therefore, it is not at all forbidden to drink a little intoxicating drink before sex, which will help to relax and make sexual intercourse more vivid and sensual. However, this “rule” applies only to small dosages of alcohol.

      If you use alcohol on an ongoing basis as a means to temporarily increase potency and increase the duration of intercourse, you can get not only physiological, but also psychological dependence.

      Over the course of a certain period of time, intimacy will lose its former sharpness, and more and more alcohol will be needed to feel the same pleasure.Sober sex won’t be satisfying.

      Therefore, we can confidently conclude that in the future you will not want sex without alcohol, but a small amount of time will pass, and the man will feel a weakening of erection, after which impotence will come, alcohol from which will no longer “help.”

      The following problems are observed in men with alcoholism:

      • Decreased sex drive.
      • Weakening of an erection.
      • Decrease in potency.

      All these factors will sooner or later lead to impotence, which will not be easy to cope with.

      In addition, it has been proven that excessive alcohol abuse leads not only to erectile dysfunction, but also to prostatitis.

      Excessive alcohol consumption and potency

      Many men know that excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages negatively affects erection, and there is nothing to talk about full sexual intercourse at all.

      This condition is observed in the stronger sex because alcohol slows down the functionality of the liver, and testosterone is suppressed, which is responsible for the sexual performance of men.

      Beer is, on the one hand, a light, low-alcohol drink, but on the other hand, it includes female hormones, which have the exact opposite effect to the male hormone.

      After excessive drinking the day before, in the morning, men may experience a spontaneous erect state.That is why many of the stronger sex believe that alcohol has a positive effect on erection.

      But in reality, the picture is the opposite. It’s just that the liver, under the influence of alcohol, produces specific substances that temporarily increase the activity of male hormones.

      Medical statistics show that chronic alcoholism leads to impotence in 99.9% of cases. In men, not only a weak erection is observed, but also problems with reproductive function are revealed, which leads to infertility.

      Systematic abuse of intoxicating drinks leads to a violation of the functionality of the liver, as a result of which the level of testosterone in the body decreases, respectively, sexual dysfunction appears.

      Statistics say that impotence in the stronger sex, who regularly consume alcohol, begins to indicate its development after a couple of years.

      Erectile dysfunction as a consequence of alcoholism

      Unfortunately, rarely does anyone admit on their own that they have problems with alcoholic beverages.Representatives of the stronger sex, who abuse alcohol, explain their deterioration in erection for various reasons, but not a bad habit.

      Chronic fatigue, lack of sleep and rest, problems at work, bad mood – men associate their sexual disorders with these reasons, not admitting that alcohol is to blame.

      And during this period, there is a depression of the situation, which in the course of time will be completely difficult to reverse. In men, the following comes to light:

      1. Against the background of alcohol abuse, men stop having erotic dreams, which a normal man has several times a month.
      2. The penis during erection is soft and flaccid, arousal disappears during intercourse, it is difficult to get aroused.
      3. Ejaculation does not occur for a long time, or it is completely impossible to achieve it.
      4. The sensations from intimacy change, in particular, they are significantly dulled.
      5. As a result, absolute impotence.

      An interesting fact is that representatives of the stronger sex who observe the symptoms listed above do not take any action to normalize their sex life.

      This happens because a man, even on an emotional level, does not seek intimacy with a woman. Becoming impotent not only in the physiological sense of the word, but also in the psychological one.

      Consequences of alcohol

      Erectile dysfunction is not the only consequence that alcoholic beverages can cause. The development of a violation of the functionality of the testicles is not excluded, the size of the reproductive organ may decrease, the breast may increase.

      In fact, there are many options that will help solve the problem, but none of them will get rid of impotence if a man does not realize that alcohol is to blame.Taking medications will help to temporarily restore male strength, but everything will return to normal.

      The only way to help overcome problems in sex life is to completely stop drinking alcohol. Only in this case it will be possible to return to a normal active sex life.

      Alcohol abuse can lead to the following:

      • The production of testosterone in the body is significantly reduced, over time, the male hormone will become extremely small.
      • The level of female hormones significantly increases, as a result of which hair may begin to fall out, breasts will begin to grow.
      • Alcoholic drinks contain a considerable amount of calories, which can contribute to gaining extra pounds. In turn, body fat is another factor in erectile dysfunction.
      • Men who are drunk often forget about contraception, which significantly increases the risk of contracting sexually transmitted and infectious diseases.

      Thus, we can conclude that drinking (occasionally) alcohol helps to increase the duration of intercourse, enhances sensitivity, and temporarily increases potency.

      In turn, alcohol abuse leads to impotence and other male health problems. If you realize the reason, “pull yourself together,” then coping with the difficulty is quite simple, and spray M-16 will help with this.

      The drug normalizes blood circulation in the penis, restores the full level of hormones, increases potency and enhances erection, returning a man to a normal sex life.

      90,000 Alcoholism and impotence. Men’s health

      The terrible truth about impotence sounds unlikely, but the problem of male impotence threatens every drinker. Most of the men who drink alcohol do not even think about the problems. Until these problems touch them. Usually, impotence overtakes a man at the age of 35-40, or even earlier. Many, until they have encountered such a disease, simply do not want to admit and even believe that such a thing is possible at all.Most listen to the advice of doctors, but believe that everything will work out. Moreover, at an early age, alcohol consumption, on the contrary, has an exciting effect, increases the flow of blood to the pelvic organs, and, most importantly, increases the duration of sexual intercourse. However the cumulative effect of alcohol is terrible .

      Decreases potency

      First of all, a conditioned reflex begins to develop, which stimulates a man to drink before intercourse. However, over time, potency begins to deteriorate, since alcohol depresses sexual functions and the nervous system.A man wants to have sex less and less, but he explains this to himself by fatigue, unattractiveness of his partner, stress, whatever, not realizing that he is already on the verge of impotence.

      Faster ejaculation

      Following the weakness of the sexual functions comes rapid ejaculation, an even stronger decrease, sluggishness of erection. These phenomena can be called mild impotence. Then (unexpectedly for a drinking man) there comes a moment when an erection does not arise at all.Taking this fact for a misfire (with whom it does not happen!), He may not pay attention to the case, but such situations begin to repeat more and more until it becomes obvious.

      Psychological impotence sets in

      The partner begins to hint about weakness, the man’s self-esteem falls, and along with physiological impotence comes psychological.

      Why is impotence due to alcohol?

      Long-term use of alcoholic beverages, as shown by analyzes, leads to pathological changes in the work of the prostate gland.Over time, the cavernous bodies of the genital organ lose their ability to fill with blood, and, as a result, become elastic, which leads to a depreciation of sexual intercourse. Since alcohol destroys the coordinated work of the nervous system, the drinker’s sensitivity decreases during sex. It is this, by the way, that determines the duration of sexual intercourse during intoxication, which men are so proud of. In fact, signals about excitement and inhibition simply do not reach parts of the brain in a timely manner, and the person is disoriented.

      The earlier a man starts drinking, the faster he becomes insolvent, often by the age of 25 he becomes impotent . If a man becomes addicted to alcohol later than puberty (after 20-22 years), then in this case his sexual functions fade away, but it is much more dangerous that he begins to degrade psychologically when he is aroused by more and more primitive and rude things that are not related to subtle and high sensations. With age (around 40), interest in sex completely disappears, precisely because simple stimuli no longer attract, and the psyche is no longer capable of more subtle ways of self-excitation.As a result, a person’s sex becomes simply boring, uninteresting, and this is the main reason for impotence, since after unwillingness there is a decrease in the number of sexual contacts and the death of sexual functions.

      Some men believe that as a counterexample, people who drink alcohol but are “doing their best” can be cited. But, firstly, this is an exception to the rule, and, secondly, in words, men tend to exaggerate their merits and keep silent about problems. Statistics stubbornly assert the opposite: in 50% of patients who are in the second and even in the first stage of alcoholism, systematic erectile dysfunction or even complete impotence are observed.At the first stage, cleansing the body can help, but you need to understand that the best prevention of impotence will be the maximum abstinence from drinking.

      Are you suffering from alcoholism and have found signs of impotence? What to do?

      First of all, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. The sooner you turn to narcologists, the more efficiently and quickly you will restore the potency. Please note that drug treatment of impotence is possible, but only on condition of refusal of libations, which means that the disease should be treated only in combination.

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      Alcohol and male potency – causes, diagnosis and treatment

      People have known for a long time that alcohol has a negative effect on potency. Among the doctors of the ancient world, the phrase was widespread: “Wine arouses desire, but makes it impossible to fulfill it.” It is well known that ethyl alcohol is a poison and has a destructive effect on all organs and systems of the human body.And the male reproductive system is no exception. Many people think that since the representatives of the stronger sex do not need to carry a child, then alcohol does not affect their intimate health in any way, however, this is a serious delusion.

      Can alcohol improve potency?

      Many representatives of the strong half of humanity are sure that small doses of alcohol improve potency and increase sexual desire. This is true, however, with a very big caveat. First of all, it is worth remembering that the dose should be very small: about a glass – two a night before intercourse.This relieves tension, increases sexual activity, and causes blood flow to the pelvic organs. However, regular, constant intake of alcohol ultimately leads to a deterioration in the functioning of the reproductive system, a decrease in sex drive and alcohol dependence.

      When can health problems occur?

      When exceeding the maximum specified dose of alcohol, a man has serious problems with potency and male health in general. There is an increase in the time for arousal, there are problems with maintaining an erection.In chronic alcoholism, in most cases, sexual desire completely disappears, the quality of erection decreases significantly, and infertility develops. One of the most vulnerable organs to alcohol is the liver. With the destruction of the liver, much less sex hormones enter the blood of a man, which leads to sexual weakness.

      By what age do men most often have problems in their sexual life?

      Men who abuse alcohol already at the age of thirty have quite serious problems in their sexual life.According to statistics, about a third of men who drank alcohol lost their masculine strength, and later became infertile. And here the quality of the products is not at all important – problems and illnesses will come anyway. It should be noted that alcohol over time reduces the sensitivity of nerve endings. Tactile receptors begin to work worse, more and more nerve endings cease to feel impulses leading to arousal.

      What else does alcohol affect besides potency?

      In addition to male potency, alcohol has a strong effect on semen, including sperm.Under the influence of ethyl alcohol, they become lethargic and change their structure, there are more pathological spermatozoa. First of all, it is necessary to mention the so-called “drunken conception”, when at the moment of conception of a child, one parent or both were drunk.

      What are the consequences of a “drunken conception”?

      Male semen, along with sperm, is renewed every three months on average. However, even after abstaining from alcohol, if the conception occurred while intoxicated, the chance of having an unhealthy child is quite high.Normally, a man’s sperm contains about 25% of unhealthy sperm, but their chances of fertilizing an egg are much lower than that of healthy ones. And ethyl alcohol makes it possible to have equal conditions for all sperm, increasing the chance of fertilization of an egg by an unhealthy sperm and the birth of a defective child.

      So how to avoid impotence?

      Thus, it is obvious that alcohol consumption not only does not promote sexual activity, but also negatively affects male strength.Therefore, in order to maintain intimate health and sexual desire for many years, alcohol consumption must be minimized.

      The editors would like to thank the Alcomed clinic for their help in preparing the material.

      90,000 The influence of alcohol on potency – myths about the benefits, harm to men’s health

      Alcoholic drinks cheer up, cause a feeling of euphoria, allow you to relax and forget about problems for a while. But at the same time, you should think about whether it is worth deliberately worsening your own health because of short-term fun.

      Myths about the beneficial effects of alcohol

      Some men believe that alcohol does not harm men’s health, but on the contrary, a shot of an intoxicating drink has a beneficial effect on sexual intercourse, enhances desire, helps to prolong orgasm and allows you to maximize your partner’s satisfaction.

      In this matter, it all depends on the dosage and frequency of consumption of alcoholic beverages. In a small dosage, they really make you want to have sex and increase the severity of sensations.But if alcohol-containing products are consumed regularly, it will cause the opposite effect – impotence.

      Another misconception is that the stimulus for a bright erection in the morning is a glass of wine or a glass of cognac drunk at night. In fact, by processing the breakdown products of alcoholic beverages, the liver produces substances that accelerate the release of testosterone into the blood. As a result, not only erectile function worsens, but also the general condition of the body.

      How alcohol affects potency

      Ethyl alcohol is the main ingredient in most spirits.It has a detrimental effect on the general health of men and in particular on their sex life. If a person drinks alcohol in large quantities for a long time, then he develops a state of chronic intoxication.
      In addition to disrupting the full functioning of the whole organism, alcohol has an extremely negative effect on potency and leads to a change in the appearance of a man. This happens for the following reasons:

      • alcohol belongs to high-calorie foods. For example, a bottle of beer contains 225 kcal, a glass of vodka – 115 kcal;
      • the process of splitting fats, proteins and carbohydrates is disrupted, as a result of which the energy stored in the body is deposited “in reserve”;
      • the sense of proportion and satiety decreases.A drinking man consumes more food and does not feel full at the same time.

      The excess adipose tissue accumulated in the body releases leptin, which destroys testosterone, which leads to impotence and frigidity.

      Men who regularly drink alcohol simply do not think about how dire the consequences for male strength can be. Already at the age of 35-40, a man who regularly consumes strong drinks becomes impotent, and with a weakened body, impotence can overtake even at 30.

      Providing a stimulating effect, alcohol in a small dosage activates the rush of blood to the pelvic organs. But with frequent drinking, the situation changes. First, a conditioned reflex is formed in a man, and a glass of alcohol before intimacy becomes the norm. Over time, one glass is no longer enough, and the dose gradually increases, and the potency only worsens. Such a person has less and less sexual desire, libido is noticeably reduced and desire is suppressed.

      Simultaneously with the deterioration of sexual function, ejaculation is accelerated, which is already the initial stage of impotence. If you do not get rid of the addiction to drinking, then soon alcohol can completely destroy the sexual functions of a man.

      Gradual decrease in potency in alcoholism

      Small doses of alcoholic beverages act as psychostimulants. They promote the release of testosterone by the sex glands. But in the case of intoxication, the concentration of testosterone in the blood begins to decrease, respectively, the erection occurs with a delay, or it is not enough for sexual intercourse.

      Alcohol has an extremely negative effect on the potency of men:

      • Ethyl alcohol contained in drinks suppresses the production of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, sexual activity decreases more and more, the functions of spermatogenesis are disrupted, the quality of sperm deteriorates;
      • the detoxification function of the liver is disrupted, as a result of which part of the testosterone turns into female hormones and feminization processes occur in the man’s body;
      • , the sensitivity of the penis is noticeably reduced.Tactile receptors on the glans penis become immune to stimuli;
      • under the influence of alcohol, peripheral vasospasm occurs, which impairs the microcirculation of all organs, including the small pelvis;
      • ethanol has a destructive effect on the seminiferous tubules. They simply atrophy, and the reproductive function ceases.

      With alcohol abuse, the general reactivity of the body decreases, the person becomes nervous, overstrained, and stops experiencing orgasm.In addition, the risks of developing infectious diseases increase significantly. More often than usual, the infection affects the respiratory tract and the genitourinary system. The prostate is considered the most susceptible to viral and bacterial lesions, especially in men after reaching the age of 40.

      The most dangerous drink for men

      Among the wide variety of alcoholic beverages, beer causes the greatest harm to the production and productivity of sex hormones in the male body.
      Good potency and beer abuse are fundamentally mutually exclusive.Moreover, very soon addiction occurs to the drink, and this is a direct path to beer alcoholism – a dangerous disease that is very difficult to treat.

      What is the effect of beer on potency

      How is beer combined with potency? Does this foamy drink really help men or does it harm?
      Male potency is directly related to testosterone, a sex hormone. The foamy drink contains phytoestrogens that interfere with the normal production of testosterone, the main male hormone.As a result, female hormones prevail in the body of a man, which causes a number of changes:

      • the thighs and buttocks are rounded, the mammary glands increase in size;
      • “beer belly” grows;
      • there is a pronounced hysteria of the female type;
      • sexual mood disappears;
      • no erection in the morning;
      • the attraction to women weakens.

      Beer abuse is one of the main causes of male infertility.In addition, fans of the intoxicated drink also have other unpleasant symptoms:

      • libido decreases sharply;
      • testicular tissue changes, which reduces sperm production;
      • erectile dysfunction is formed;
      • premature ejaculation occurs.

      Beer has an extremely negative effect on the body of adolescents. When drinking a lot of beer, adolescents develop addiction very quickly, therefore, even in minimal volumes, young boys are not recommended to drink beer.

      How to restore potency after giving up alcohol

      In order for the potency to always remain high, a man should give up alcohol or strictly control its use. Alcohol does not improve sexual intimacy and, moreover, does not solve psychological or physiological problems. He can only push them aside for a while.
      If, due to the abuse of alcoholic beverages, a man’s potency has noticeably decreased, then it is possible to increase it. To do this, you should:
      completely give up alcohol and other bad habits, for example, smoking, overeating;

      • eat right and balance the daily diet;
      • observe a sleep schedule;
      • go in for sports.It is better to choose mobile physical activities: swimming, football, running, cycling;
      • 90,025 avoid stressful conditions;

      • learn to control your thoughts and actions;
      • 90,025 have regular sex life.

      In 70% of all cases, potency is improved with the right approach to solving the problem. Depending on the age of the man and the degree of alcohol poisoning, it is possible to restore potency with medications. But in no case should you take any of them yourself.Only timely diagnosis and proper treatment can provide a positive result.

      Article author

      Mikhail Ivanovich Skvira

      Graduated from UO GomGMU with a degree in General Medicine. Clinical psychologist, master of psychological sciences, from 2016 to 2018, a leading specialist at the health care institution “GOKPB” on work with alcohol addiction using the “Edelweiss” method, the author of articles and publications. Marked with gratitude for many years of fruitful work in the health care system.
      Work experience: 16 years

      90,000 influence of alcoholic beverages on libido

      Reasons for drinking before intercourse

      There is an opinion among many men that drinking alcohol before sexual intercourse makes it brighter and longer. This statement is based on the following properties of alcohol:

      • it suppresses the feeling of fear, which is especially important before the first sexual intercourse in a man’s life;
      • helps to cope with uncertainty;
      • relieves stress;
      • fights depression;
      • temporarily raises self-esteem.

      Does alcohol actually have a positive effect on an erection? No, the temporary euphoria from the use of strong drinks quickly passes. If physiological problems were the cause of self-doubt, the situation is aggravated, the uncertainty grows.

      Once in a man’s body, alcohol has the following effect:

      • dilates blood vessels;
      • causes a feeling of mild euphoria;
      • prolongs erection, enhances arousal.

      The positive effect lasts about half an hour, after which the body gives a reverse reaction to the use of ethyl alcohol: arousal subsides, drowsiness appears, potency decreases.

      The negative effect of alcohol on male strength

      Physicians have proven the negative effect of alcohol on an erection. If a man abuses alcohol, the following negative effects are observed:

      • Decreased sensitivity of the penis leading to erectile dysfunction.
      • Reduction of testosterone levels in the body. A man’s libido disappears, the quality of sperm decreases.
      • Reproductive dysfunction due to atrophy of the seminal canals, decreased sperm motility.
      • Disorder of the brain, leading to a decrease in the production of male hormones.

      Persons who abuse alcohol for a long time become impotent: their body completely loses its ability to resist the destructive effects of ethyl alcohol.

      Effect of beer on potency

      A good erection and alcohol in excessive doses are mutually exclusive concepts. According to doctors, only small quantities of high quality alcohol can bring benefits.

      Beer in small doses (up to half a liter per day) has the following positive effects on the body:

      • struggles with surges in blood pressure;
      • serves as the prevention of heart and vascular diseases;
      • increases appetite;
      • speeds up metabolism;
      • lowers blood cholesterol levels.

      The positive effect is achieved due to the content of vitamin B, essential oils, microelements.

      Only high-quality and fresh beer have the above positive properties. Alcoholic drinks saturated with preservatives and dangerous impurities are harmful in any dose.

      Prolonged and excessive drinking of beer leads to a decrease in the production of male hormones, a decrease in the quality of sperm, in some cases – to infertility. External manifestation of hormonal disruption caused by a foamy drink – growth “beer” belly.

      Influence of cognac on male erection

      High-quality cognac is used as a remedy because it has the following beneficial effects on the body:

      • relieves fatigue, nervous tension;
      • copes with stress;
      • helps to feel relaxation;
      • promotes better absorption of ascorbic acid;
      • dilates blood vessels;
      • stimulates blood circulation in the genital area, which improves erection;
      • helps a man overcome feelings of stiffness, self-doubt.

      The maximum daily dose of cognac is from 30 to 50 ml per day. Drinking a drink in large doses negatively affects all organs and systems , inhibits sexual function.

      Traditional medicine offers a special brandy-based remedy for a quick increase in potency. To cook it, 1 tbsp. l. the original product is combined with 2 raw quail eggs, 50 ml of mineral water and Coca-Cola, 2 tsp. Sahara. The ingredients are brought to homogeneity, the resulting product is drunk 20-30 minutes before the upcoming sexual intercourse.

      Effect of wine on potency

      Wine is credited with the ability to have a beneficial effect on the heart and blood vessels, relieve nervous tension, and improve appetite. This is true if the daily dosage does not exceed 50 ml. In large amounts, alcohol reduces the level of testosterone in the blood. A man who daily drinks a glass of wine at lunch or dinner (125-150 ml) runs the risk of becoming impotent by the age of 30.

      To improve an erection, a man can drink a glass of red wine during a romantic date with a lady.A single use of the drink will have a beneficial effect on male strength, help overcome psychological barriers , and cope with the feeling of stiffness in both partners.

      The maximum amount of wine before intimacy is 150-200 ml. Drinking large amounts of alcohol will have the opposite effect of what you expected: reduced desire and arousal.

      Is an erection compatible with alcoholism?

      Long-term alcohol consumption in large doses has a negative effect on the male body.It manifests itself in the following:

      • decreased sexual desire, libido;
      • problems with erection , which a man is inclined to explain by fatigue, nervous strain;
      • Delayed ejaculation or no ejaculation: The man stops having an orgasm.

      The result of prolonged alcohol abuse is chronic impotence.

      Alcohol does not improve sex, does not solve physiological and psychological problems, but only temporarily “pushes” them, so that later they appear with renewed vigor.In order for the potency to remain high, a man needs to control alcohol consumption.

      To restore an erection after alcohol, a person needs to give up two bad habits: smoking and drinking alcohol. If the problem is solved early on, that will be enough. If the lifestyle correction did not help, you should consult a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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      Alcohol leads to impotence

      The unpleasant truth about impotence does not sound particularly convincing, but alas – impotence threatens every man who uses alcohol.

      Most of those who regularly drink do not even think about the consequences for his masculine strength. Until the moment when the “guarantee” given to health by mother nature does not end, and these problems will appear not in the boundless future, but in bed.

      Most often, impotence catches up with the alcohol abuser at the age of 35-40, and if the body is weaker or the dose of alcohol is higher, then this can happen at the age of 30.

      Young people are convinced that this cannot happen at the age of 30, they do not want to face reality, or believe that this is possible in principle.They read advice on the Internet, not counting that it will ever touch them, ignore the persuasions of doctors, because they are convinced that this will not happen to them for sure.

      In addition, in the early stages of use, especially in adolescence, alcohol, on the contrary, has an exciting effect, activates the flow of blood to the pelvic organs, relieves a little anxiety, adding confidence, and in a higher dose it also prolongs the sexual intercourse. However, the chronic and regular use of alcoholic beverages fundamentally changes the situation, since its negative impact has a cumulative effect.And when exactly the critical mass of this negative will lead to complete impotence is only a matter of time.

      How does the decrease in potency begin

      First of all, a man develops a conditioned reflex to alcohol intake. That is, the use of a small dose shortly before sexual intercourse becomes the rule, the norm.

      In the future, the dose becomes small, and it increases. In this case, the potency will inevitably deteriorate. This is understandable – after all, alcohol has a depressing effect on the nervous system and on sexual function.

      Less and less often, such a man has a desire to have sex, libido decreases, desire is suppressed. He finds comforting explanations for himself, begins to persuade himself, writing off the decrease in potency for the unattractiveness of the partner, stress, fatigue – whatever, just not to accept the unpleasant truth: impotence has already become an obstacle to his male power.

      Ejaculation occurs faster

      Along with the weakening of sexual function, there is an acceleration of ejaculation, and then a further deterioration of erection.

      These processes are actually an initial, mild form of impotence. The man continues to drink to relieve stress, forget about problems in bed … until finally, one not too beautiful evening, an erection does not come at all.

      For the first time, a man will try not to pay special attention to this problem. However, again and again faced with the same lack of erection, he has to admit this obvious fact – impotence has come.

      When psychological impotence comes

      There comes a time when the partner, no matter how patient she was before, also begins to pay attention to that problem.

      At the same time, a man’s self-esteem inevitably breaks through the psychological bottom, and after physiological impotence comes psychological.

      What is the mechanism of impotence onset?

      Long-term alcohol intake, as studies show, causes negative changes in the prostate gland. Over time, due to prolonged exposure to ethanol alcohols, the cavernous bodies, which are in the genitals, lose their ability to fill with blood.Accordingly, the organ is not able to erect, and the sexual intercourse cannot be performed, is devalued.

      In addition, the effect of alcohol on the nervous system disrupts its coordination, as a result, in a person who abuses alcohol, sensitivity decreases during sex. Which, by the way, at the initial stage is the factor that prolongs sexual intercourse in a state of intoxication, and not at all some of the sexual superpowers of a man, which he is so proud of. The truth is that the signals of excitement and inhibition simply do not have time to reach the brain in time, causing disorientation.

      When does drunken impotence occur?

      If a man starts drinking from a young age (15-16 years old), then sexual incompetence can overtake him as early as 25, when people with healthy eating habits are just beginning to flourish sexuality. That is, the earlier he became addicted to alcohol, the faster he becomes impotent.

      If addiction to alcohol began at the age of 20-22, then psychological degradation is also added to the extinction of sexual functions.He will be turned on by more and more coarse and primitive things, and by the age of 40, his interest in sex will completely disappear. Moreover, this reason is that simple things will no longer be able to attract him, and more subtle and sophisticated ones are not able to overcome his degraded psyche.

      The consequence is that he is simply bored with sex and ceases to be interesting. This becomes the main reason for psychological impotence, since along with the lack of desire, the number of sexual contacts decreases, and with them the sexual functions die off.

      Sometimes there are men who are addicted to alcohol, who are convinced that impotence will not come in their case, that all this is fiction. As examples, they cite acquaintances or well-known alcoholics who “are all right with that.” However, these are, as a rule, either rare exceptions, or, most likely, outright lies. There is no reason for a man to brag about his exploits in bed, if it is not a desire to hide certain complexes caused by real physiological problems in sexual life.

      Statistics say something completely different: half of the patients who are at the 1st or even at the 2nd stage of alcoholism have a systematic erectile dysfunction, and sometimes complete impotence is stated.

      Can you help restore potency?

      Restoration of potency is possible depending on age, duration of alcohol poisoning, individual characteristics of the organism. Physicians in our time have already learned how to get people out of hard drinking, there are quite effective pharmaceutical and physiotherapeutic methods of cleansing the body.The main thing that is needed for this is the desire of the person himself to get rid of addiction and restore lost health. And the first thing that needs to be done is to completely eliminate the consumption of alcoholic and even low-alcohol drinks.

      If you realize that you are suffering from alcoholism – what to do?

      First of all, get help. If things have gone far, it will be difficult to cope with the consequences of intoxication and the destructive effects of alcohol on the organs and systems of the body, including the nervous system and sexual function, alone.

      Do not expect deterioration – seek help from narcologists.

      The sooner you see a narcologist, the faster you will restore your health and will be able to restore potency. After all, even modern means to increase potency, such as Viagra or Vekta, will not help you if you cannot part with alcohol addiction that destroyed your erection.