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Alcohol and Human Sexual Response

Traditionally, alcohol has been widely regarded as a powerful facilitator, promoter, disinhibitor, and common accompaniment to sexual behavior of all types. In this context, alcohol remains a standard remedy for the sexually inhibited and inept, as well as enjoying a reputation for aphrodisiacal qualities among both users and abusers. However, along with its reputed powers as a sexual enhancer, alcohol has also been regarded by some as potentially destructive and detrimental to sexual responsivily when taken in excess. This review is intended to consider these two opposing views of alcohol's effects on sexual response in the light of current research.