Fact or Fiction: Is Alcohol An Aphrodisiac?

By James Madeiros


A Sex On the Beach for Your Sex On the Beach

Aphrodisiacal claims are a dime a dozen. From chocolate to oysters to the notorious Spanish fly, there is a long list of food and drink that are reputed to get your motor running. Alcohol has long been touted as a potent aphrodisiac, but does it actually improve your sex drive?

The short answer is yes, as long as one indulges in moderation. (And the crowd goes wild.)

Specifically for women, research has shown drinking one to two glasses of red wine a day causes the fairer sex to have higher levels of desire than those who drink less. Men who drink modestly may also feel an increase in desire, particularly if the imbiber in question is in his prime. Contrary to popular belief, younger men may actually find erections are more easily facilitated when small amounts of alcohol are consumed.

Once the pistons are firing, alcohol may make it easier for some to take that first big step. They don’t call it “liquid courage” for nothing. By lowering inhibitions, alcohol has been credited for assisting the socially awkward in getting past the bumbling introduction and into scoring position for centuries.

However, these desired effects come only with moderation. Once one starts to overindulge, negative consequences result. Women may find too much alcohol can make it harder to become aroused and/or achieve orgasm, and men may see their libido – and their erections – fall flat.

Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).

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