It’s no surprise that substances have an effect on a person’s sexual performance. While alcohol can lower inhibitions and make talking to people easier, it also impairs coordination and makes it harder for people to achieve a sexual peak. Drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines also can have negative effects on both men and women making it harder for men to have an erection and making it harder for both sexes to climax.
A new study is now showing that the effects of drugs and alcohol can last longer than just while they are in your system. Individuals who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction can have longer-term sexual problems that affect them even after they have completed treatment and are sober. The study was conducted with about 900 men and they were evaluated in four areas - sexual desire, sexual satisfaction, sexual arousal and orgasm. Different drugs and/or drug combinations affected each category differently, but all had an effect on sex over the long-term.
Drinking and drugs can lead to impaired judgement and bad decision making skills. Individuals with a propensity to overindulge with drugs or alcohol can often lead to misjudgements placing them in higher risk situations, both sexually and otherwise. While in some cases, people take drugs to ‘enhance’ sexual experiences as with MDMA and ecstasy, these drugs can have latent effects that science is still trying to get to the bottom of. Bottomline, be safe, responsible and make sure you are comfortable with your decisions and not just getting pressured into them by another person or because of drugs and alcohol.
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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.