Numquid vere te meliorem facere Vocatus in lectulo?

Does alcohol really make you better in bed?

 

Powered by Guardian.co.ukHic titulus “Numquid vere te meliorem facere Vocatus in lectulo?” scriptum est per Sally Adams, nam theguardian.com on Tuesday November 17th 2015 06.30 UTC

Vocatus "... in voluntate provocat, sed aufert in perficientur "inquit Cicero, et quod rectum erat,? Commune est, quod ipsum adiuvat venerem agere potest perdere et locus (interdum!). Sed non saepe fit cogitatione Enhancer in cubiculo. Ego referre ad vos "iocunditas brasiatores", Praesent saeculi cognomen temporaria inductum alcohole.

Et ratio est quod alcohol etiam magis est passio homicida est retrorsum, et scientiam ab anecdotal evidentiam, Sed hoc non videtur ad IMMADESCO media fascino cum libido dicitur, ut a enhancer. Ab eo quod est verum sextarii duo haec faciat tibi meliorem aut aliud amantem "sex" historia scientiae?

Illic est a significant, et ipsum corpus, Vocatus est quod insinuat, cum sexualem responsio attentiore (gaudens, et motio augeri consectetur) remittendi est locus, et venereorum,. historice, Vocatus quoque a Romanorum societate venereorum secundum vendo. Contra, Vocatus est coniunctum cum augeri periculo sexualem partum, invitis et potest resultare in graviditate traducitur morbis venereis. Ex his contrariis effectibus,, quid positivum societas media articulorum dolor arcu tendunt sexus, et research studiis, quae non est in Media fabulas post nos?

A recent in historia Independent nuntiarunt per novum ius dicitur libro "De Sex Solutio uxorati". Sex perito Dr Van Kat ecclesiam creditur, quod potest bibere cervisiam ad quatuor diversa experientia melioramentis in sexus est masculini: (1) moratus ejaculation, (2) augetur libido, et plus erections, (3) et auxit fornicationes stamina (4) Bersabee, quod potest auxilium "vestri altiore sanitatem," ita et vos minus "piger in sex". Interestingly, solus illud respicere parem ipsum articulum tertium recognita – quod "amplio sexualem Vocatus stamina".

A studium published in Acta Epidemiology in Meta-analysis fama 13 periculo cardiovasculares et studiis aspiciens ad puteum consummatio. Inventa suggest a M informibus curva,, reducere periculo cardiovascular morbus, qui tangit in diem minus bibendum 55g de Bersabee. Is est maximus ut nota ut non in actu, hoc studium sexuali modum patientia, sed reducitur periculo cardiovasculares et sublata est a proxy. Also, non satis patet quid per "Vocatus P." hic. Si reflectit ad mensuram mundi ethanol, 55G aequivalens sit proxime Beor 7 aut unitates 3 et cervisiam per dimidium diem sextarii satis infirma. Hoc apparet multum Vocatus consumi cotidie!

Articulus in Nuntiaverunt in adipiscing 2009 Study ab occidentali Keogh Instituti Medicae Australia. Latin Hoc explorato est ictum Vocatus in usu male Praesent. Et recensuit adipiscing paris articulo ad articulum non dat, sed expertus sum in hoc studio in lucem Acta Medicine of sexualis. Is notitia collectis ab 1,580 et in erectile munus, Vocatus, et usus, tobacco. Bibebant autem qui modico adipiscing arcu nuntiaverat nuntiaverunt 30% erectile quaestiones minus quam non-bibentibus illam. Article exponit hoc quod invenit "placabilis Consociationis" erectile munus inter moderatus et bibitis.

De auctoribus research indicat, quod charta non de fama et status consociationum inter se bibens erectile munus ejus "statistically significant" cardiovasculares morbo et fumigans, donec Status for imperium in analyses sunt. Etiam sit amet uti meminisse sui fama chori Vocatus consummatio et studium Praesent, meaning any associations observed are dependent on the ability and willingness of participants to accurately report their alcohol use and erectile problems

A third study reported in The Independent this year looked at whether alcohol can boost women’s sex drives. The study showed that following moderate alcohol consumption, levels of testosterone increased in women, but not men. This might be evidence of alcohol increasing the libido of women via a temporary surge in the male sex hormone. Despite being reported in The Independent this year, the research in question appears to come from a study published in Nature by Alko (a large Finnish alcohol retailer) in 1994.

The research itself is a one-page report on an experimental study where men and women were given either an alcoholic beverage or a non-alcoholic juice, and hormone levels were measured (although it is not clear how). When controlling for contraceptive use and menstrual cycle (which affects hormone levels) alcohol increased testosterone compared with the placebo in women, but not men.

There are a number of methodological questions that cannot be answered from the information in this short reportdid the participants know if they were receiving an alcoholic or placebo beverage? In what conditions were participants tested? Autem, for me the biggest question is why would the media report on a study conducted over 20 annis ago, which is a considerable amount of time in the fast moving world of scientific research?

Interestingly, the publication of the article in The Independent coincided with a press release for a new vodka by a company called Alko-plus. (It is not clear whether this company is affiliated with Alko). In the press release, the vodka is specifically aimed at women, with claims made regarding the capability of alcohol to increase female libido: “Hey Gals: Put New Meaning Into Your July 4th Fireworks; Alko-Plus Creates ‘Lust Vodka’ that it says Increases Female Sexual Desire”.

Reviewing these articles and the corresponding research studies has made me think about the issues involved in studying sex and alcohol and in reporting and interpreting research findings. There are many complex individual differences in the psychological and physiological factors that influence the response to both sex and alcohol. The association between sex and alcohol is dependent upon alcohol dosage, alcohol expectancy, and measurement of alcohol and sexual behaviour.

In terms of dose, there may be an optimal amount of alcohol to induce these positive effects on sexual arousal or performance. Once past that threshold the effects may be more negative. This notion is supported by the biphasic nature of alcohol, with stimulant effects as blood alcohol concentration increases, but depressant effects as it decreases again.

Alcohol expectancy can also impact sexual behaviour during intoxication. Simply believing that drinking alcohol increases sexual arousal may lead to actual arousal during intoxication. Expectancies about alcohol consumption are a key element of research examining the effects of alcohol on any behaviour. It is important that research determines the impact of both the direct pharmacological effects and expectation.

tandem, the way alcohol use is measured can impact on the association with sexual behaviour. The administration of alcohol in an experimental study versus self-report of alcohol use by drinkers is likely to yield different study findings. Furthermore, it is very difficult to directly measure sexual behaviour. Most studies have to rely on self-report of sexual arousal and performance or use proxy measures such as cardiovascular and physiological function.

Accurate representation of research evidence on alcohol and sex may not yield a “sexy” headline. Autem, clear and honest reporting of research findings and at least a link to the original published study should allow the reader to make up their own mind when faced with the scientific evidence.

In this case alcohol’s ability to increase prowess in the bedroom does not appear to be as straightforward as presented in the media. The link between sex and alcohol is a complex one and best interpreted when a clear and balanced picture is available, rather than a “sexed-up” story.

Dr Sally Adams is a lecturer in health psychology at the University of Bath. Her research examines the cognitive and behavioural mechanisms underlying alcohol and tobacco use. Find her on Twitter @SallyScientist

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