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In addition to inhibiting sexual desire and functioning directly, use of alcohol and other drugs (even without addiction) almost always contributes to ISD indirectly, by altering your emotional state and straining your relationships.

Like prescription medications, alcohol and other drugs produce chemical changes in your brain and body. Even in small doses, alcohol, barbiturates, Quaaludes, and other central-nervous-system depressants go straight to the brain centers that govern fear, reducing your anxiety and inhibitions. This is why you often loosen up or even feel turned on after one or two drinks. However, as you drink more or when the effects of certain drugs actually kick in, your ability to respond sexually is decreased in the same way as your speech capacity, coordination, reflexes, and other bodily functions.

Narcotics like heroin not only depress central nervous system activity but also reduce your sex drive in general, and hallucinogenic drugs like marijuana and LSD disrupt the way, sexual thoughts and feelings are received and transmitted by your brain and nerve endings. ;

If you use alcohol or drugs, you may believe that they increase your sex drive and improve your sexual performance. However, this perception tends to be a distorted one, influenced by the general sense of relaxation and confidence that alcohol and other drugs can produce. In fact, you may find that your partner gives your sexual prowess a decidedly lower rating than you do.


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