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10 Aphrodisiac Myths

        Health | Sexuality

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Alcohol
Spirits may give you the courage to talk to that attractive person in the bar, but it may very well make render you unable to perform sexually. ©Purestock/Thinkstock
Spirits may give you the courage to talk to that attractive person in the bar, but it may very well make render you unable to perform sexually. ©Purestock/Thinkstock

You know the famous quote from Shakespeare ... no, not Hamlet's "To be, or not to be." We mean the Porter's words in "Macbeth" that " provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance." Ah, yes, alcohol. It turns us on yet shuts us down all at the same time.

First, it hands you your beer goggles. Alcohol changes our perception of things, including how attractive you find other people. The way this works is that the more drinks you have, the less likely you'll be able to accurately judge whether something is asymmetrical, whether it be a face or, well, pretty much anything, really [source: Halsey]. We find symmetry more attractive, so when everything looks a little more symmetrical, everything looks better. Sexier. But it's not only that your new friend across the bar looks good when you're inebriated; you start to feel really good about your own attractiveness, too. Your inhibitions lessen and your desire begins to, let's say, swell [source: Telegraph].

However. The problem with alcohol is that it can leave you hanging when it's time to perform. Women may find sex uncomfortable because alcohol can cause vaginal dryness. Men may find that even though they were feeling quite lustful at the beginning of the night, the more alcohol they consume, the more likely they are to lose their libido, and they may also lose their ability to get and/or maintain their erection -- problems that only get worse the more you drink and the more frequently you drink [source: WVU].


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