TITLE

SEXUALITY AND SUBSTANCE USE: THE IMPACT OF TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, AND SELECTED RECREATIONAL DRUGS ON SEXUAL FUNCTION

AUTHOR(S)
McKay, Alexander
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2005, Vol. 14 Issue 1/2, p41
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the impact of tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs on sexual functions of humans. In order to clearly articulate the known impact of substances on sexual function it is important to clarify what is meant by sexual function and its relationship to sexual pleasure and enjoyment. Smoking reduces the efficiency of blood circulation throughout the body. In men, smoking interferes with several important biological processes that are needed to produce and maintain an erection. In short smoking impairs the function of the blood vessels that are needed to get and keep an erection. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that slows down brain functioning, respiration and circulation, in higher doses it can lead to erectile dysfunction in men and decreased vaginal lubrication in women. However, the impact of marijuana, a recreational drug on sexuality and sexual function is unclear as the very limited research on this topic has produced apparently conflicting results.
ACCESSION #
18713389

 

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