We all know about beer goggles, the way alcohol makes other people look more attractive after a few beers.
And we have all heard the idea that alcohol can help us relax and have a better time in the bedroom.
But is it really true?
While alcohol does lower inhibitions and can make us feel more relaxed, it can also lead to worse sex, to put it bluntly.
Improved physical sensations
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which means it can numb our senses and dull our physical sensations. We feel less, both emotionally and physically.
While this might create a feeling of relaxation, it makes it harder to fully experience pleasure, simply because we’re missing much of what’s going on. When we’re sober, we’re more in tune with our physical and emotional sensations, leading to more intense and satisfying sex.
Greater emotional connection
Alcohol affects our emotional state and stability in the long term, making us more prone to mood swings and misunderstandings, as anybody who has ever woken up with a hangover will be able to attest to.
Sober, we’re better able to connect with our partners on an emotional level, leading to a deeper sense of intimacy and connection.
Alcohol can impair our judgment and decision-making abilities, making it harder to communicate openly and honestly with partners. Sober, we’re better able to express our desires and boundaries, leading to a more fulfilling and enjoyable sexual experience for all.
Avoiding the Brewer’s Droop
Alcohol can affect the ability to achieve or maintain an erection.
Even moderate drinking can lead to “brewer’s droop,” particularly if the alcohol consumed is high in sugar or other carbohydrates. In the longer term, drinking to excess over a prolonged period of time can lead to more serious problems, such as erectile dysfunction, reduced testosterone levels and decreased libido.
Reduced risk of negative consequences
Alcohol can also increase the risk of unwanted or risky sexual behaviour, such as unprotected sex or infidelity. Sober, we’re able to make more informed and responsible decisions about our sexual activity, reducing the risk of negative consequences.
Better, more intense orgasms
Alcohol can inhibit the ability to reach orgasm in both men and women because it acts as a central nervous system depressant and disrupts the complex physiological and psychological processes that are necessary for an individual to reach orgasm.
Because it slows down the functioning of the brain and the body’s systems, alcohol affects the body’s ability to feel pleasure and decreases sexual arousal.
Additionally, it interferes with the body’s ability to communicate arousal and pleasure to the brain, which can make it more difficult to reach orgasm.
It’s important to note that being sober doesn’t guarantee a perfect sexual experience every time. There are many factors that can affect our sexual pleasure and satisfaction. But by cutting back on alcohol and focusing on clear communication, emotional connection, and physical sensations, we can improve our sexual experiences and create a stronger connection with our partner.