Why Can’t He Perform in the Bedroom After Drinking Alcohol?

Nick Slade

Written by: Nick Slade

Nick Slade

Nick spent 20 years in the dating scene before marriage. He has always been the guy friends would come to for advice on relationships, and he developed a knack for giving helpful insights. After college, Nick was a disc jockey for a few years, when the love generation was still alive, so Nick has a lot of relevant experience to draw from when it comes to every aspect of dating, falling in love and screwing things up. He holds Bachelor's degree in humanities and a slew of master’s credits in journalism. Nick is a news junkie and tries to keep up on the latest non-fiction when he has time. He has published two books on how to win at dating and relationships.

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Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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An erection requires a delicate balance of blood flow and blood pressure, along with the interaction of neural and endocrine factors that are beyond my expertise to understand or explain.

Suffice it to say that his ability to perform is driven by a stimulant — you. Alcohol is a depressant that negates your stimulating effect. It doesn’t decrease his desire to make love to you, but it may lower his blood pressure to the point that he is physically unable to “get it up.”

The paradox is that alcohol also decreases our inhibitions, and so increases our desire for sex.

Most erectile enhancing medications are considered to be safe when used with moderate alcohol consumption. The Cialis website says, “Do not drink too much alcohol when taking Cialis (for example, five glasses of wine or five shots of whiskey). Drinking too much alcohol can increase your chances of getting a headache or getting dizzy, increasing your heart rate or lowering your blood pressure.”

If moderate amounts of alcohol are hampering his performance in the bedroom, then you should have him see a doctor for safe alternatives. Of course, he can drink less or just choose between drinking and having sex.

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