I'm no man (shocker!), but I'd imagine "whiskey d*ck" is the male equivalent of aggressively craving a bag of Cheetos when you've just gotten your nails done. You want to reach into that cheesy little bag so badly, but you just. Can't. Do. It. And if you've ever encountered this situation (the whiskey one, not the Cheetos), you've probably wondered what to do about whiskey d*ck.
"There are many colloquial names for this experience," says Jonathan Masel, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified urologist at the Masel Urology Center. "Most are linked to the types alcohol that are consumed in different environments. College communities will associate the problem with beer, more adult scenes associate it more with whiskey or martinis."
And while many consider alcohol to be a great social lubricant, it's the opposite of an aphrodisiac from a biological standpoint. Alcohol is a one of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction (the inability to get and maintain an erection, more casually known as whiskey d*ck), according to the Mayo Clinic.
"Although alcohol tends to make you feel more comfortable and may help you to loosen up, when it comes time to 'perform,' men may notice that their natural sexual response is diminished," says Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com. "This may be due to alcohol-induced hormonal changes that affect your entire body and disrupt normal physiological and behavioral functions."
Simply put, alcohol depresses your nervous system and restricts circulation, making it more difficult for blood to flow to the right places. Stress is another common culprit, so if you're feeling a lot of pressure in any given sexual situation, it's going to make it even more difficult for him to perform (such a catch-22, right?).
And plot twist, guys: Women can actually experience the same challenges — there just hasn't been as much research around this. "Decreased libido and decreased vaginal lubrication have been reported [as a result of alcohol consumption]," said Dr. Masel. "Of course, there has been less research on women in this area. Interestingly, one study demonstrated a greater decrease in libido with marijuana in women than with alcohol."
So, let's say — for whatever reason — your partner's experiencing something akin to whiskey d*ck. First and foremost, it's important to remember that this is 1000 percent not happening because of you, so don't let it keep you from feeling like any less of a sex goddess! The only thing that's happening here is a restricted blood flow, and that's out of everyone's hands. What you do have control over, however, is how you handle what happens next. So, here are four totally non-awkward ways to deal with whiskey d*ck and enjoy the rest of your evening together.
P.S. All of these are best handled with a simple, "Don't worry about it! No big deal!" Because seriously, it isn't.