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Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll: What Really Happens When You Mix Sex and Drugs

Since starting in the 1970s, the songs about the glories of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll have been too numerous to count. But are the three really a good combination? Let's put the rock 'n roll part aside for a moment and look at the real truth behind “chemical love.”

Sex and Drugs

Alcohol. Most people know that alcohol lowers inhibitions.  Many people will have a drink or two to relax and get in the mood.  Some believe that alcohol is an aphrodisiac, but drinking too much and drinking too often has negative sexual consequences.

Because alcohol can make you feel more socially at ease, in small amounts alcohol can have a positive effect on sexual desire and communication. But after a few drinks sexual response is negatively affected. Men may have trouble getting an erection and both men and women may have a hard time achieving orgasm. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to erectile disorders and sexual dysfunction, plus the loss of desire and arousal for both men and women.

If you take any of the following drugs . . . you should know how they are affecting your ability to "get it on."

LSD. Because LSD is a hallucinogenic drug, some feel they have increased sexual awareness when using it. However trips are unpredictable. Too much LSD can leave users thoroughly turned off when it comes to having sex.

Cocaine. Cocaine is a stimulant and in small doses it can increase arousal and make it easier to achieve orgasm and erections. Taking larger amounts can actually fuel sexual desire but at the same time the ability to perform decreases. It's common to have problems achieving erection and orgasm while on larger hits of cocaine.

Amphetamines. While taking speed, men may find their penis loses sensitivity and it may become difficult to ejaculate. That means sex can keep going and going. While some may look at that as a good thing, prolonged sex can cause chafing of the skin. And that can be painful for both partners.

Marijuana. Smoking pot reduces inhibitions and makes users feel quite friendly and touchy-feely. While that may be good for sex, smoking a lot of pot reduces testosterone production and causes a drop in sperm count. Females can experience fertility problems because pot affects menstrual cycles and ovulation.

Opiates. Drugs such as morphine, heroine, and codeine are all opiates, which mean they have a pain-killing effect. While they won't necessarily spur sexual desire, they do dull the senses so that sexual indiscretions are more likely to happen. Abusing opiates can cause decreased libido and trouble reaching orgasm over the long-term.

Ecstasy. Taking ecstasy causes warm feelings towards any would-be sexual partner. Some people report they are more physically aroused while others say they experience a loss of sensation. In any event, ecstasy can increase the chances of risky sex. A recent study revealed that condoms and other forms of contraception are ignored while using ecstasy. And since the drug makes you feel like you “love” everyone you could end up sleeping with a lot of people you don't even know, much less love.

Alkyl nitrates. Known as “poppers,” this drug causes a brief and intense head rush and then relaxing effect. Poppers are popular during sex among gay men. Because alkyl nitrates reduce blood pressure they should never be combined with Viagra. A fatal combination could ensue.

When deciding whether or not to take any drug, the effect it has on sexual performance probably shouldn't be a priority. However, if it is, it's good to know the highs and lows to be expected. The bottom line is that over time sex and drugs do not mix . . . partly because drug abuse can destroy relationships.

So . . . when it comes to sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, maybe sex and rock ‘n roll is the best combination of the three.

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