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The Effect of Drugs and Alcohol on Sexuality
Chapter 2

Cocaine is another drug that has a reputation for being a sexual stimulant. Also included in this category are amphetamines, such as speed. These drugs make people feel confident, in control, and generally indestructible. Many people report that the use of these drugs render them highly aroused, but interestingly enough many men report that cocaine also delays ejaculation and gives them the ability to have intercourse for long periods of time. It has been long standing rumor that if a woman rubs cocaine on her clitoris, her arousal and sensitivity to touch will be greatly heightened, but this isn't necessarily true as cocaine can also be used as a topical anesthetic to deaden sensation. Other modern drugs, including ecstasy are thought to increase libido and heighten sensation.

Alcohol and drugs additionally produce many negative sexual side effects. When men drink large volumes of alcohol, it can be very difficult to attain and sustain an erection. Women who imbibe too much often find it very difficult to achieve orgasm, as they report that it deadens sensation. Many male alcoholics also suffer from impotence and both male and female alcoholics suffer from general lack of sexual desire.

Drugs such as heroin and morphine are also often responsible for sexual dysfunction. Nearly half of male addicts are impotent and many of the female addicts are inorgasmic. Almost all of them report low levels of sexual interest. Similar dysfunction is reported for crack or free-basing cocaine users.

Many prescription drugs also have negative effects on sexuality. Tranquilizers, such as Valium and Librium commonly cause anorgasmia in women and erectile dysfunction in men. Many medications given to treat high blood pressure also cause similar symptoms, particularly a drug called Aldomet. Also prescribed for high blood pressure is a drug called Ismelin, which has the effect of preventing or inhibiting ejaculation in about half of the men who use it. Even common antihistamines may decrease sexual desire and also often cause vaginal dryness in women! Additionally, any medication which utilizes hormones will affect your sexual behavior. For example birth control pills may increase or decrease your sex drive. If you are using any of these medications and are experiencing even moderate sexual dysfunction, or suspect you might be, discuss it with your doctor, as there is often an alternative medicine that may be prescribed.

The use of alcohol and drugs for inappropriate and criminal sexual behavior is definitely worth mentioning here. Many women are victims of this practice, and have been raped while under the influence of alcohol or drugs - being more vulnerable than if they were sober. One of the more frightening drugs used for the purpose of date rape is "GHB", which is basically drain cleaner mixed with either floor stripper or degreasing solvent. It is tasteless, odorless and colorless, making it easy to slip into someone's drink without the person realizing it. It often renders the victim absolutely immobile, seldom able to speak and often unconscious. Obviously, under these circumstances, it is impossible for the victim to defend herself at all or even yell for help. Another more common 'date-rape" drug which has been wreaking havoc in universities and colleges across the continent is Rohypnol made by Hoffman-La Roche, Inc. Commonly known as "roofies" it shares many similarities with GHB but is more difficult to detect and has the further effect of inhibiting memory of events which occur while under its influence.

Drugs such as GHB and Rohypnol are a real threat; so ensure you take proper precautions to avoid becoming the next victim. As over-indulgence in alcohol and drugs often results in sexual dysfunction among a myriad of other negative side effects, they should be used with caution and moderation. Additionally, prescription drugs should always be taken in accordance with your doctor's instructions. Alcohol and drugs have been used to increase sexual desire for thousands of years. While the use of a few drinks is generally thought of as socially acceptable, the use of illegal drugs is not and is in no way condoned by this site or its associates.


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