Get Started Today with Vertava Health. Sexual dysfunction is characterized by difficulty with sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, or performance. It can be the result of emotional instability, stress, aging, impotence, discomfort, and even alcoholism. Progressive means that the ability to moderate alcohol consumption becomes worse over time. Alcoholism is both mentally and physically addictive; whereby a person becomes preoccupied with alcohol; and focuses less attention on their life; and the people in it. For this reason, heavy drinking proportionately increases the risk of sexual dysfunction.
Sex Difference in Alcoholism: Who is at a Greater Risk for Development of Alcoholic Complication?
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Recent Developments in Alcoholism pp Cite as. Alcohol consumption increases subjective sexual desire, arousal, and pleasure for many women, although it lowers physiological arousal. Despite the general belief that alcohol disinhibits female sexual behaviors, alcohol leads to changes in sexual behavior only for a minority of women. Expectancies about the effects of alcohol on sexual behavior may be important mediators of the alcohol-sexual behavior linkage. There also is a relationship between overall alcohol consumption and risky sexual behavior for women, but when alcohol use at or preceding individual instances of sexual activity is examined, there is no association in the majority of studies. Alcohol use by both perpetrators and victims has been implicated in instances of sexual victimization.
Sexual dysfunction is a condition that is caused by many different factors. Medical problems like diabetes or hypertension can also affect sexual function, as can certain medications. Substance abuse, particularly alcoholism is known to be a factor for both men and women who are suffering from sexual dysfunction. Alcoholism is known to cause severe damage to the liver. In males, this can cause testicular atrophy , impotence and sterility.
This study was designed to determine the degree to which alcoholic women in early sobriety report sex guilt and sexual control in comparison to a matched sample of non-alcoholic women. It was hypothesized that alcoholic women would report more sex guilt and less control over their sex lives than non-alcoholic women. Sex guilt and lack of sexual control add another dimension into the problem of alcoholism among women, and as such provide an additional way to conceptualize this problem. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve.