Banish Whiskey Dick with Facts About Drinking & Sex

by Christopher J.

March 17, 2024

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One of life’s great ironies for men is the belief that you need to imbibe a lot of alcohol to ease your inhibitions. Doing so will transform you into a sexy beast ready to pursue wild amorous adventures with an attractive and desirable partner. Then the truth strikes: Drinking too much can prevent you from getting the erection you need to have sex. So loosening your inhibitions through alcohol may make you a lot more fun, but you won’t be able to do anything with what you believe, at that point, to be your legendary love-making monster.

Instead, you realize you have become the helpless victim of one of man’s most insidious archenemies: “whiskey dick.” You’re left dangling at the peak of Pleasure Mountain, having to swallow your embarrassment, zip your flaccid, drooping creature back into its cotton cage, and dream of an erotic expedition on Hot Sex Island some other more sober night.

It’s not every man or everybody, but according to a scientific study cited by the National Library of Medicine, an estimated 4.3 million American adults are regular presex drinkers. So, it’s important to know the consequences that may result.

One of the most troubling the love life realm is “whiskey dick,” which Healthline defines as “a term people use to describe alcohol-related erectile dysfunction — when someone is too intoxicated to get or stay hard.”

For the same reason you never want to drink and then get behind the wheel to operate any motorized vehicle on the road, you don’t want to drink and try to operate your love vehicle. Excessive alcohol serves as a depressant to your central nervous system that then impairs your brain’s ability to function, retarding your reactions, coordination, concentration and judgment. It also decreases blood flow to your penis and, Healthline’s article informs, increases angiotensin — a hormone linked to erectile dysfunction. Thus, “you’ve got yourself a case of whiskey dick.”

Not only will your lover not thank you or celebrate your severely impaired sexual performance, but an additional irony will raise its ugly head when you can’t raise yours: while slamming back shots may have made you a laugh-a-minute joke machine and as uninhibited as uninhibited gets, you have also destroyed your opportunity to benefit from one of the world’s greatest stress relievers, sex. You have sacrificed it to a poor, distant substitute, getting blotto on booze, rather than getting lucky with a willing boffing companion.

Worse, excessive drinking is anathema to good health, and bad health only chronically impairs your ability to have good sex while increasing your scores on life’s tensionometer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will gladly inform you that the potential dangers from overdoing your alcohol intake are things like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, cancer, unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Not to mention unhappy hangovers and morning Technicolorville toilet trips, Ralph.

Now how the heck did we jump from fantasizing about getting down and dirty with a gorgeous and like-minded bed-bouncing partner to hypertension and liver disease? Oh yeah, that false and prevalent belief that overindulgent alcohol drinking is a necessary precursor to sex.

Healthline says whisky dick is “not usually anything to worry about, just a sign to reign in the drinking.” True. Mainly by realizing that you become your own worst enemy, if you are planning on pleasuring your penis, yourself and your partner by using said erotic equipment when fully erect but choose to let the liquor flow freely down your gullet first.

So what should men do to avoid the sex-stalling dangers of alcohol? First keep the whiskey in the jar when you’re thinking of finishing the evening in the throes of passion with your partner. Some sources recommend no more than two drinks to remain able to salute your lover later.

In his article written for hims, “Whisky Dick: Avoiding ED from Alcohol,” Geoffrey Whittaker cautions that there is a dearth of scientific data online regarding alcohol-induced ED. 

“There’s no specific number of drinks, type of beverage or set of circumstances where you’ll flip a switch between sexually functional and non-functional due to alcohol,” he says. “In fact, your risk of alcohol-induced ED also has to do with things like your age, gender, metabolism, weight, genetics and other factors that, together, determine how susceptible your body is to the side effects of consuming too much booze.”

So how long might your dick stay drunk? In an article she wrote for Medical News, Rachel Ann Tee-Melegrito says it usually lasts until the body metabolizes the alcohol. “How long this takes will depend on several variables,” she says. “The liver is the primary organ for metabolizing alcohol, often taking roughly one hour to metabolize 1 standard unit of alcohol.”

Health experts, Tee-Melegrito continues, define one standard drink as12 ounces (oz) of 5% alcohol beer, 5 oz of 12% alcohol wine; or1.5 oz of 40% alcohol distilled spirits.

What should you do if you find yourself in the drunk dick zone? Open communications with your lover can help ease some of the resulting frustration and disappointment. Of course, you can always get busy with a plethora pleasure producing activities. Consider employing other erect objects such as your fingers for gentle, caressing and stimulating touch, your tongue for enthusiastic oral, or nice, stiff and appropriately lubricated sex toys.

Though less a challenge for the opposite sex, there is such a corresponding phenomenon for women suffering the effects of too much alcohol known as “whiskey clit.” In a Huffington Post article, Stephen Sender, a sex therapist, says: “The female brain is subject to the same arousal-suppressing effects of alcohol. Decreased arousal leads to decreased blood flow to the vagina and clitoris, resulting in loss of lubrication and difficulty reaching climax.”

So next time you want to get in the mood, turn on some music that moves you; drink water or tea to keep you hydrated; or sip some pomegranate juice that contains antioxidants, which promote blood flow to your genitals.

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