Do you need alcohol to have sex?
Millions of women drink alcohol before having sex because they lack confidence in their bodies. Researchers, who surveyed 3,000 women, aged 18 to 50, found on average they slept with eight men, but were drunk with at least five, and on two occasions couldn’t remember the man’s name the next day.
That may not have been the case 50 years ago but it certainly is relevant today with young women experiencing sex at a much earlier age. Statistics show that as many as 75% of women liked to have a drink before getting into bed with their husband or boyfriend and 6% had never had sex sober. More than half claimed drinking with a prospective partner was “part of the dating process “so were a bit drunk when they had sex.
Research also showed that 14% of women in a relationship can’t sleep with their partner without a couple of glasses of wine beforehand. The fact that alcohol plays an integral role in their love lives shows that women are looking for a boost in self-esteem when it comes to their bedroom activities. But in doing so, many women will be losing self-control and this is when drunken one-night stands are more likely to occur. Many women preferred sex while under the influence of alcohol because it helped them lose their inhibitions and be more adventurous.
It’s important to understand what constitutes one drink and how other factors such as weight and gender affect each individual.
While alcohol may lubricate a social interaction, it does nothing to lubricate a woman’s vagina. In fact, the dehydration common when drinking alcohol can contribute to fatigue, headaches and vaginal dryness, which can cause pain. Alcohol dehydrates the body and sexual arousal needs a certain amount of blood to bring oxygen and greater sensation to the genitals.
Large amounts of alcohol consumption have been associated with problems getting erections. Men have difficulty ejaculating while women need much more stimulation to have an orgasm than women who had little or nothing to drink.
People often say that a cocktail or a glass of wine helps them to relax or even feel a little sexier. But does it actually result in better sex?
Alcohol has the reputation of being an aphrodisiac. One or two drinks, depending on your weight, gender and other factors, can act as a social lubricant. Studies have shown that alcohol can enable some people to overcome sexual inhibitions or anxieties.
One to two drinks can be beneficial for health but if you want to have really good sex, try it without resorting to alcohol. Instead, get advice on improving your love life and your body, if you are self-conscious about how you look.
If people are abusing alcohol then it can be almost impossible for them to maintain intimate relationships. This definitely impacts on their sex life and has a domino effect on other activities, including career, family life and other relationships.
This is because alcohol will become their obsession, and there will be no room for anyone else. As the individual falls further into addiction they may even lose all interest in sex completely. Addiction drives the individual into a world of delusion and selfish action. It will not be possible for another human to trust them fully, and this will prove to be a barrier to intimacy. The alcohol dependent person is still likely to have people who love them, but there will be a sense of wariness mixed in with the affection. The person who is abusing alcohol may feel almost incapable of feeling true affection for other people – they are too self-obsessed to think beyond their own needs. This has a definite on their sex life.
Many people who abuse alcohol will engage in promiscuous sex. This type of sex lacks intimacy and it usually involves multiple partners. The alcohol dependent person may regularly wake up in bed with a stranger with no memories of the night before. Did they enjoy their sex? I don’t think so.
Deep down the person may realise that this is a poor substitute for true intimacy, but it becomes a habit. When people are inebriated they are liable to make impulsive and poor decisions, and this often applies to the people they end up having sex with. Such behaviour increases the risk of picking up a sexually transmitted disease. It can also lead to unplanned pregnancy. I’ve lost count of how many women I know who had an unplanned pregnancy through too much alcohol. Some didn’t even remember the sexual act itself, let alone being in bed with their partner.
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