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Your problems: Miriam Stoppard's Advice Column: Is booze hitting his sex drive?

MY partner says he now only wants sex once a week. He's only in his early forties but he says he's getting old and only fancies it occasionally.

I know this does happen to older men but, until about three months ago, our sex life was brilliant. Now it's over in a flash and I feel very frustrated.

Could there be a medical reason for this? He's a heavy drinker but it was never a problem before. I have a very high sex drive and this isn't enough for me.

VALCOHOL can often have a major effect on a man's sex life. Alcohol lowers testosterone and sperm levels but also causes impotence, brewer's droop, and can have a negative impact on a man's sex drive.

The brain, rather than genitalia, is our biggest sex organ and even without alcohol which is, of course, a depressant, our moods and feelings outside the bedroom influence libido. No doubt he feels his performance is being scrutinised but cutting down on alcohol should make a difference and I am sending you my Alcohol leaflet.

In the meantime, masturbation can bridge the sex drive gap. Even if he's uninterested or unaroused he can still bring you to orgasm manually or orally.

Remember, a woman doesn't need him to have an erection to have intercourse, and the more guilty you make him feel, the more likely his erection will fail.

For his part, he should be aware that sex is an important part of your life, and love and tenderness are the best reasons to give you some physical comfort.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Stoppard, Miriam
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2000
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