The Effect of Alcohol on Erectile Dysfunction
How Alcohol Can Effect ED
It’s pretty likely that nearly any man who drinks alcohol regularly has experienced some form of alcohol-related erectile dysfunction (also referred to as “impotence”) at one point or another. It’s no laughing matter; alcohol is one of the most common, preventable causes of erectile dysfunction.
Below, we’ve compiled some fascinating and frankly alarming facts about the effect of alcohol on erectile dysfunction.
How Can Alcohol Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
One of the major flaws in alcohol is that it simultaneously increases the desire for sexual contact, while also hindering the body’s ability to maintain an erection.
This is because alcohol is classified as a depressant; using it too heavily can affect a man’s ability to achieve or maintain an erection, as well as his ability to orgasm while intoxicated.
Luckily, when caused by alcohol, these effects are temporary; however, any man who’s experienced erectile dysfunction after a night of drinking probably isn’t eager to repeat the experience again any time soon. However, the problem can get worse if no help is sought out.
The Effects of Alcohol on Erectile Dysfunction: Long Term
Over the course of time, chronic alcoholism can contribute to long-term erectile dysfunction, and can even completely destroy the male sex drive. A study of men aged 18-60 found that nearly 70% of men with an alcohol dependence experienced at least some form of sexual dysfunction.
What’s the Answer?
It’s clear by now that the effect of alcohol on erectile dysfunction is less of a “side effect” than a “direct effect”. However, if you’re not an alcoholic and you have no physical dependence on alcohol, it’s unlikely that you want to give up drinking entirely.
So, what is there to do? Well, as in many areas of life, the key to avoiding the short-term erectile dysfunction related to alcohol is simply moderation.
In small enough amounts, alcohol (specifically red wine) can be good for your heart health.
Knowing Your Limit
Alcohol and erectile dysfunction don’t have to be inseparable; if you know your limits, you can still have a few drinks without experiencing any performance issues.
For the average drinker, the “border-line” seems to be around 3-4 beers or mixed drinks over the course of a few hours. Beyond that point, the ability to get and maintain an erection diminishes quickly.
A healthy and happy love life is essential for nearly all men to live a fulfilling life; don’t let alcohol stand in between you and your partner or a fun fling.
If you find that you’re not able to tackle the challenge of drinking moderately on your own, you might benefit from group therapy sessions, a 12-step program, or another alcohol cessation group.
Conversely, if you are able to give up drinking and still have issues with erectile dysfunction, it’s important to know that alcohol isn’t the only cause. ED can be caused or worsened by a variety of health issues, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Abuse of Other Substances (Including Legal Prescriptions)
- Sleep Disorders
We wish you or your loved one the best of luck in conquering any issues related to this. If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns, please feel free to comment.