Lick, Slam, Suck: Is Alcohol Good for Your Sex Life?


Alcohol and sex. They go together like chips and salsa. Or do they?

Here at the Latina offices, there was a lot of chisme about the correlation between libido and alcohol consumption in the run up to Valentine’s Day. The general consensus was that alcohol is a turn on.

That consensus collapsed after Valentine’s Day, though, when a few of the wives and girlfriends on staff confided that they woke up on February 15th asking ‘Why, after a seductive dinner and cocktails, didn’t he tear my clothes off?’

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The answer is tricky, largely because there are so many variables involved in alcohol’s physical effects — weight, age, fitness, to name just a few — and because those reporting the effects can be unreliable. (Name one man you know who would admit to whiskey dick or brewer’s droop. You can’t, can you?)

So the question remains: Do wine and spirits increase arousal and enhance sexual performance?

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Amanda Cargill, Food Content Director

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on and She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a love of food and the stories it tells. She is also a former professional dancer who writes arts and entertainment reviews for domestic and international publications. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from UCLA.

Follow her on Twitter at @amandasi and on Instagram at @amandasi1

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