Why You’re So Horny When You’re Hungover

How’s it possible to want to spew and screw at the same time?

It’s alcohol’s final cruel joke: Despite a throbbing head and queasy stomach the morning after a drunken escapade, sometimes you get oddly aroused. But good luck seducing your girlfriend when you look like the Living Dead.

How come hangovers can make you horny? Scientists haven’t actually studied this strange phenomenon. But we asked top experts to try and pinpoint the potential reasons for your renegade libido.

1. You can’t control your penis.

Sometimes after ripping shots, you just can’t contain your urge to fight, strip naked, or bust out your most embarrassing dance moves. As it turns out, alcohol might also impair your ability to control erections.

Researchers from the University of Washington and the Kinsey Institute found that intoxicated men fared much worse than sober guys at following instructions to get hard or stay soft while watching porn. In fact, drunk men who were told to suppress their stiffies actually got bigger hard-ons than those who were asked to rise to the occasion.

Outside the lab, this may translate into being horny when you shouldn’t be—like when you’re feeling sick on Sunday A.M. Assuming you still have booze in your bloodstream, the lack of erectile control could explain your inappropriate tent-pitching, says William H. George, Ph.D., the lead author of the study.

2. You’ve got sex on your mind—and not much else.

When you’re sloshed, you tend to focus intently on just one thing at a time. The phenomenon is called alcohol myopia, and usually you’ll hone in on things that feel good at the expense of other cues—i.e., the bouncer giving you GTFO glares. It’s like wearing beer goggles that filter out red lights so all you see are green lights, George says.

Again, this theory assumes that your blood alcohol level has not yet reached zero the next morning. “It’s possible that some guys have alcohol myopia during their hangovers that keeps them focused on their junk,” suggests Tierney Lorenz, a postdoctoral fellow at The Kinsey Institute.

3. You think liquor will get you laid.

Many people believe that alcohol makes you looser and sexier, to the point where just thinking there’s sauce in your system makes you horny. This is referred to as the alcohol expectancy theory, George says. It creates a self-fulfilling prophecy: You associate knocking back beers with knocking boots, so you become sexually aroused when you drink—independent from hooch’s actual pharmacological effects. It’s possible this phenomenon is still in effect the day after a particularly epic booze binge, George says.

4. You just want to ease the pain.

Breaking news: Hangovers suck. So it makes some sense that you would crave the best feeling in the world to distract from your pain, says Emily Morse, sexologist and host of the Sex with Emily podcast. “For a few minutes, you get to feel something other than a pounding headache and a sour stomach,” Morse says. “You’re temporarily released from your physical hangover purgatory, making the regular sensations of sex feel like a godsend.”

Sadly, there’s no research that shows sack sessions can cure an achy cranium. “But maybe it will make the time go faster,” says Joris C. Vester, Ph.D., of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. “If it makes you happy, go for it.”

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Source: http://www.menshealth.com/sex-women/hangover-sex

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