What to Know About Beer’s Impact on Your Bedroom Performance
For many guys, beer drinking is not just a fact of life — it’s an essential part of their sex lives.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Beer is a cheap, no-nonsense way to loosen up a little bit. You can find it at just about every establishment that serves alcohol, and you just need someone who can pour to make it work.
As the alcohol gets into their bloodstream, relaxation sets in, making them able to enjoy both their date’s conversation and, potentially, some physical intimacy later.
But beer is far from a magical elixir, and depending on your consumption levels, it can have a myriad of positive and negative effects. Whether you’re downing one beer a week or a six pack every other day, it’s useful to know what effects beer will have on your sex life.
So let’s dive in, shall we?
How Beer Positively Impacts Your Sex Life
If you’ve ever had a beer or two, you’re probably aware that it can have certain effects on your general mental state. That’s because beer contains alcohol, a drug that affects your nervous system, causing you to think, feel and act differently depending on how much you consume.
One major outcome? You tend to be a better conversationalist, and given the importance of conversation in flirting and attraction, that can be a big benefit to your sex life.
However, aside from making you funnier and flirtier, beer can also physically improve your sexual performance. How?
“For beer and other alcohol, there is actually an optimal amount,” says Dr. Koushik Shaw of the Austin Urology Institute. “A little can actually relax a man enough to get better erections.”
How Beer Negatively Impacts Your Sex Life
You might be thinking, ‘Wow, beer sounds like it’s the perfect drink to get my sex life to the next level,’ but we can’t skip over the downsides of drinking beer in this situation, too.
“Antidepressants, anti-psychotics, anxiety medications and excess alcohol, amongst others, can contribute to ED and decreased or prolonged time to orgasm,” says Shaw. In layman’s terms? “Too much will make him limp.”
If you want to bring that erection back? When it comes to alcohol and other medications like antidepressants, as Shaw noted, it can be about finding the right level.
“My word to my patients is to be on the lowest dose of these medications and drinks as possible/reasonable,” he says. That’s not to say you should be going off medications that you need just for your sex life’s sake, but that ensuring you’re not taking too much can benefit you in a bunch of different ways.
In beer’s case, “men need to figure out what their minimum effective number of beers is,” adds Shaw. That is, the number of beers that’ll get you to a point of relaxation and enjoyment, but won’t bring you to a point of incapacitation where you’re struggling to speak properly, can’t achieve an erection and are slowly getting out of shape.
As with pretty much every good thing in life, moderation is the name of the game.
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