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Dr Alison Carleton, PhD. Perth, Western Australia.

Alison has a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science), and PhD in Biomedical Science.



If you have been using alcohol to help you have longer lasting sex, you may have been doing more harm than good. Although it is a popular method, at best, it’s a temporary fix. There are clinically proven alternatives to treat premature ejaculation that may fix the problem permanently.

11Premature ejaculation affects around 1 in 5 Australian men[1], and is just as prevalent in younger men (18 – 30 years old) as in older men. Premature ejaculation can either be lifelong, appearing at or soon after the first sexual experience, or acquired after a period of normal ejaculation control. Premature ejaculation is defined as:

:- Premature ejaculation that always or nearly always occurs before or within 3 minutes or less after vaginal penetration;

:- the inability to delay ejaculation on all or nearly all vaginal penetrations; and

:- negative personal consequences, such as distress, frustration, and/or the avoidance of sexual intimacy[2]

Despite premature ejaculation being a relatively common problem, a survey into sexual problems found that most men do not seek help for their premature ejaculation. The majority of men suffer in silence, avoiding intimacy and meaningful relationships, because they think the problem will go away on its own, or they don’t know who to ask for help.

Premature Ejaculation and Alcohol

Premature ejaculation is treatable, but many men are embarrassed about openly discussing their condition and so attempt to treat it themselves. Alcohol is a popular choice for self-medication. It is easy to get, socially acceptable, and you don’t need to sit in a doctor’s surgery for hours waiting to see a GP. Alcohol reduces the sensitivity of the nerve endings in the skin of the penis, and slows blood circulation. This affects the quality of the erection and ultimately increases the time required to reach ejaculation.

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Alcohol can also be used, particularly in younger, less sexually experienced men, to feel more confident and less inhibited. This sets up a pattern of dependence on alcohol early in their sexual experience that is hard to break.[3] Men who consume more than a moderate amount of alcohol have difficulty maintaining their erection and are more likely to experience premature ejaculation.[4] So why use alcohol when it works against what you are trying to achieve, and when there are far better treatments available? Dapoxetine is one alternative that has been proven though clinical trials to help men achieve more control over ejaculation.[5]

Bring the fun back into your sex life

Premature ejaculation is a major cause in relationship breakdowns and a significant contributor to depression and anxiety. Sex should be fun and pleasurable, not a source of misery and frustration. If you experience problems with premature ejaculation, talk to a doctor who has experience with this issue. There are safe, clinically proven medications available that will help you regain control over your sex life.



[1] Moreira, E. D., Glasser, D. B., King, R. et al. (2008). “Sexual difficulties and help-seeking among mature adults in Australia: results from the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviours.” Sexual Health 5(3): 227-234.

[2] Serefoglu E.C., McMahon, C. G., Waldinger, M.D. et.al. (2014) “An Evidence-Based Unified Definition of Lifelong and Acquired Premature Ejaculation: Report of the Second International Society for Sexual Medicine Ad Hoc Committee for the Definition of Premature Ejaculation.” Sexual Medicine 2: 41-59.

[3] Akre, C., Berchtold, A., Gmel G. and Suris J.C. (2014). “The Evolution of Sexual Dysfunction in Young Men Aged 18–25 Years.” Journal of Adolescent Health 55(6): 736-743

[4] Mialon, A., Berchtold, A., Michaud, P-A., Gmel G. and Suris J-C. (2012). “Sexual Dysfunctions Among Young Men: Prevalence and Associated Factors.” Journal of Adolescent Health 51(1): 25-31

[5] McMahon, C. (2012) “Dapoxetine: a new option in the medical management of premature ejaculation.” Therapeutic Advances in Urology 4(5):233-251


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