Sex and alcohol are so often mentioned in the same breath that you might even think of alcohol as an aphrodisiac, but a new study on the effects of drinking beer says otherwise. The research, which was presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Vienna and published in the journal Psychopharmacology , indicates that while alcohol lowers our inhibitions and helps us recognize happy faces more quickly , it has no effect on sexual arousal. To explore what alcohol does to how we socialize, researchers at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, recruited 30 men and 30 women between 18 and 50 years old and gave half of them a glass of alcoholic beer serving sizes were adjusted for body weight and sex and the other half a glass of non-alcoholic beer. The participants then took a face recognition test, empathy test, and sexual arousal test. Later, the two groups switched and repeated the process, with those who had drunk alcoholic beer drinking non-alcoholic beer before their tests and those who had drunk non-alcoholic beer drinking alcoholic beer beforehand.
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To be more accurate, small amounts of alcohol will do no harm to you sexually. But surprisingly moderate amounts of drink can really foul up your sex life. In addition, alcohol is really dangerous when you are trying to conceive a baby, and also in early pregnancy. Alcohol can cause sexual problems in both men and women. Also, it can make them behave differently, so that they have sex with totally unsuitable people. It can make them take daft risks, so that t hey catch sexually transmitted infections STIs or start an unwanted pregnancy.
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Alcohol is a curious thing. Some reports say a small amount could make you live longer , while other studies say there is no safe amount at all. One thing's for sure, though — alcohol certainly affects our behaviour.