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Don’t Let Holiday Drinking Derail Your Sex Life

Drinking too much can interfere with erectile function, sabotaging romantic interludes during the holidays. Moderation can ensure that alcohol doesn’t spoil the party.

The holidays are upon us once again, and alcohol is flowing a little more freely than it does during the rest of the year. Enjoying the relaxing effects of a drink or two can ease seasonal tensions and might even spark romance. But drinking too much can sabotage even the best-laid plans for romance and merry-making.

An article posted at reported that a survey conducted by Morning Recovery revealed that Americans consume roughly twice as much alcohol between Thanksgiving and New Years as they do the rest of the year.

Consumption Doubles

The average alcohol consumption for adults during the rest of the year is four drinks a week. But during the holiday period, that jumps up to an average of eight drinks a week, according to the survey. Morning Recovery reported that 36 percent of the survey’s respondents admit that holiday overindulgence in alcohol has at times dampened the spirit of the season for them.

Having a little too much to drink can be especially disheartening to men, many of whom find that it significantly impairs their ability to perform sexually. Extreme overindulgence, in fact, can make it difficult, if not impossible, for men to get an erection at all.

Body’s Busy Processing Alcohol

And even drinking lesser — but still immoderate — amounts of alcohol can cause your erection to fail before sexual activity is completed. As explained in an article at, “your body is too busy processing the alcohol safely to simultaneously spare the blood flow needed to maintain an erection.”

Happily, there’s no reason to eliminate alcohol from the holiday festivities, but almost all health authorities agree that moderation is the key. And what, you might ask, does “moderation” mean for me?

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, guidelines recommend that women limit their alcohol intake to a glass of alcohol a day. For men, two drinks a day is the recommended maximum.

What’s a Typical Drink?

Lest you get carried away and mix yourself up a couple of jumbo-sized scotch and sodas or while away the night with a couple of 40-ounce beers, here’s what experts say constitutes a typical alcoholic drink:

  • 1.5 ounces of hard liquor or distilled spirits
  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine

If you don’t already drink, you probably have found that you can have a happy holiday without any help at all from alcohol. And if that’s the case, there’s certainly no reason to start drinking now.

And for those who recognize that they have a drinking problem and are unable to cut off their alcohol intake at moderate levels, it’s best to drink nothing at all. If you’re having trouble resisting the temptation, this might be the time to seek professional counseling.

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Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+