Alcohol And Viagra

Can you Take Viagra and Drink Alcohol at the Same Time?

Many men who take Viagra also want to have a drink at the same time. However, combining the two could actually have a negative impact on your ability to get an erection. Find out how much alcohol is safe to drink with Viagra.

"Taking Viagra with alcohol increases your risk of side effects. Alcohol also makes it much more difficult to get and keep an erection."

dr zenon andreou medical director
Dr Zenon Andreou Medical Director
Dr Simran Deo Medical Editor

Medically reviewed by

Dr Simran Deo

Last reviewed: 25 Oct 2019

Can Viagra be Taken With Alcohol?

Viagra is the most popular treatment for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. However, alcohol is one of the reasons why you might be experiencing erectile dysfunction in the first place. Although alcohol may help you overcome anxiety, it can also take a toll on your sexual function.

Drinking alcohol can affect a large hormone producing gland in the brain which leads to reduced testosterone secretion and potentially hormone-induced ED. It is also thought that alcohol levels can have an affect on the nerves in the penis which cause an erection, but the exact way alcohol causes ED is as yet unknown. If you’re taking Viagra because you have had erection problems in the past, you should avoid alcohol.

In addition, alcohol and Viagra (and similar products like Viagra Connect or Sildenafil) can interact. Viagra lowers your blood pressure, as does alcohol. If your blood pressure level gets too low, you may experience dizziness, light-headedness, fainting, headache and even heart palpitations. Having these Viagra side effects isn’t just potentially dangerous – it also won't improve your sexual performance.

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No Alcohol With Viagra?

It is important that you limit your alcohol intake while you are taking Viagra but it is safe to enjoy a small amount of alcohol, such as 2 - 3 units - so there’s is nothing wrong with having a glass of wine or one beer.

Does Alcohol Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

IIt is not only advisable to limit your drinking while taking Viagra, it can also help you combat ED and other sexual problems. Studies have shown that men suffering from alcohol dependence also experience other forms of sexual dysfunction such as premature ejaculation, loss of libido and difficulty achieving orgasm. In a follow-up study, these symptoms improved to be the same as the control group, in those who abstained from alcohol for 2–3 months.

Increased alcohol intake can also raise your cholesterol, leading to increased risk of diabetes, and cardiovascular problems, which can subsequently lead to ED. Drinking too much alcohol may also cause prostate problems and low levels of testosterone, which can also cause erectile dysfunction. In conclusion – reduce the alcohol for more success in the bedroom!

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