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Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

        Health | Sexuality

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One More Could Be Too Many

How's this for irony? The very substance -- alcohol -- that's responsible for so much canoodling can also have a deleterious effect on your sex drive when it's not consumed in moderation. Though often considered a stimulant, alcohol is in fact a depressant, which is why it's so effective in lowering our inhibitions.

Of course, both men and women have used alcohol for centuries to overcome shyness and to get the ball rolling, so to speak, either in a bar or in bed. And, provided everyone is still making responsible decisions, there's no problem with that.

However, when alcohol is consumed irresponsibly -- through either binge drinking or prolonged heavy drinking -- it can prevent partners from making good choices (such as practicing safe sex) or making choices at all. It can often hamper sexual performance and even augment negative feelings, leading to angry or abusive behavior.

Long-term alcohol abuse can result in a series of serious physical ailments, especially heart, liver, kidney, pancreas and brain damage. Alcoholism, in short, can have rampant ramifications on every facet of your life, including your sex drive. Studies show heavy alcohol use by men reduces testosterone levels (and can shrink testicles), while chronic female drinkers may experience menstrual irregularities and loss of sex drive [source: Mayo Clinic].

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