Is it a good thing or a bad thing? does alcohol consumption help to overcome premature ejaculation or make it worse?
Its no secret that many men believe a few drinks before intimacy can help in delaying their orgasm. It is probably one of the oldest methods for trying to overcome staying power but, it is also has its negative side too. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard someone say ‘ill have a few pints first and everything will be great’. Is this really the way forward though? Is it practical to sink a few drinks every time you’re about to have sex? more importantly, is it healthy and what other problems could it be causing without you even realising?
Alcohol and premature ejaculation – the brain
When we consume alcohol it can disrupt the way we think and the way perceive certain situations. It is through these disruptions in the brain that we can sometimes delay orgasm after drinking. We lose inhibitions and feel less anxious which plays a major part in sexual performance. If we have that boost in confidence, and are no longer over thinking the situation, ejaculating prematurely becomes less evident. This is exactly why many deem drinking to be a solution for their problem.
The question is ‘does hitting the bottle REALLY help?’. On the surface it may indeed seem like having a drink can be the answer to the problem at hand however, the booze isn’t guilt free and could be causing a lot more harm than many realise.
Sinking a few pints before every sexual encounter certainly isn’t a good idea or appropriate either. There are times when sex is spontaneous and will happen before you have time to even think about drinking. This is another major downside to drinking alcohol. It is simply a short term ‘cure’ (and not a good one at that) that will not cure the problem. It is simply masking the root cause of the problem. The bottom line is that you may think its helping but in the long term, i can assure you that it really isn’t solving anything.
The pros and cons to alcohol and premature ejaculation can be broken down as follows.
Pros of using alcohol
- Does increase the length of time to ejaculation for many men
- easy to implement
Cons of using alcohol
- Does not not help long term
- Isn’t actually addressing the problem
- Many disadvantages to health
- Isn’t always practical
Alcohol has also been well documented as a number one cause for erectile dysfunction. This has been proven by medical studies such as the one detailed here.
Because of the disruptions in the brain mentioned earlier, certain signals are blocked that prevents a full erection. This coupled with the fact that blood flow is decreased is a sure way to end up with erectile dysfunction. This is extremely disheartening for a sufferer of ejaculation issues as they now have another sexual dysfunction to contend with in the form of maintaining an erection. Imagine now not only being anxious about premature ejaculation but, also whether or not you will be able to maintain an erection to be able to have sex in the first place!
We all know that there are many well documented, negative effects to drinking alcohol. An increased risk of certain cancers, liver damage, brain damage, diabetes and heart damage are just a few of the serious complications to come from alcohol consumption. This in itself should start alarm bells ringing that this certainly shouldn’t be the go to cure for sexual stamina and, certainly can’t be deemed as sexual medicine.
While many believe drink is a solution to performance issues, i can’t stress enough how it simply isn’t the answer everyone is looking for. This needs to be corrected at its source and this is achieved through behavioural therapy and following certain programmes. This allows the brain to be rewired and form new habits which, in this case, means lasting longer in the bedroom.