Alcohol, Drugs and Sexual Function: A Review

  title={Alcohol, Drugs and Sexual Function: A Review},
  author={Jordon Peugh and Steven R Belenko},
  journal={Journal of Psychoactive Drugs},
  pages={223 - 232}
Abstract The use of psychoactive substances is popularly believed to loosen sexual inhibitions and contribute to increased sexual activity. However, the actual direct and indirect effects of alcohol and drugs on sexual function are still not fully understood. This article provides a new critical review of the research on the impact on male and female sexual function of psychoactive drugs including alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs. The authors consider the effects of both acute and chronic… 
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