Sex Advice

Dear Dr. Locker: Does alcohol enhance sex?

Answer from Dr. Locker

Alcohol is often used in a sexual context to try to loosen people up. Some people find that if they have a drink or two it helps them feel more sexual by lowering inhibitions. But more than 4 ounces of alcohol can act as a depressant. It can cause temporary impotence for a man, or make either him or her too sleepy to want to have sex. Alcohol can most certainly impair your decision-making abilities about whether and how you want to have sex, and about whether you are using condoms and birth control properly. It can also limit your abilities to slow down or halt sexual activities that you would otherwise not choose to participate in. So enjoy a drink or two, but make that your limit.

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