Sex Advice

Dear Dr. Locker: Can having a few drinks hurt a man’s sexual performance?

Answer from Dr. Locker

One drink can lower inhibitions, and get a couple to relax and enjoy sex. But if someone has 3 or 4 or more drinks (more than 4 ounces of alcohol) then it will hurt sexual performance. A man may lose his erection and a woman may find it very difficult to orgasm. In addition, alcohol often causes people to incorrectly use condoms and birth control, creating an increased potential for unintended pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted disease. It also contributes to bad decision making, so that you might have sex with someone you wouldn’t want to otherwise.


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