From the time that it was first used by man well over 10,000 years ago, alcohol has been the social lubricant of choice. Alcohol gives men and women alike the courage to approach people that they would not normally approach and often leads to sex. While it is true that use of alcohol and the chance of intercourse are directly correlated, there is a downside to alcohol that some people are unaware of and that others just simply ignore.
While there are many obvious reasons why mixing sex and alcohol can have its downsides (poor choice of partners, sexual carelessness, risk-taking behaviors), there is one important factor about mixing alcohol and sex that many people know of but don’t know why it happens. This is difficultly maintaining sexual arousal and hampering of orgasms.
While there are some sources out there that state that alcohol is a stimulant, it is in fact a depressive drug*. Alcohol does in fact activate the GABA-A receptors of the brain, but when this part of the brain is stimulated it inhibits the human body, causing the trademark stumbling due to lack of coordination, slurred speak because of the temporarily suppressed muscle control, and also the inability to maintain an erection or even orgasm.
This raises the question, however, of whether or not alcohol is good or bad for sex. On one hand a person is less inhibited, making it more likely that they will actually have sex due to the fact that they will seek out sex more. On the other hand sex may be less than satisfactory and might not even lead to an orgasm. Whether or not alcohol is good or bad for sex is up to every individual. Some men and women may just be seeking some form of companionship whether or not it will get them to climax, while others are completely focused on reaching the greatest heights of pleasure. One of the best ways to find out whether or not you find sex more pleasurable with alcohol is to try and experiment.