At this initial stage, we feel more confident to take a risk — which includes talking to that attractive person across the room.
And while all alcohol in moderation helps a bit when it comes to sexual pleasure and desire, none has more benefits than red wine, both for males and females. For the ladies, red wine causes the sex drive to be even more pronounced than with other drinks, at least according to a group of Italian researchers who discovered that the compounds in the wine actually enhance levels of sexual desire in the fairer sex.
The researchers were quick to point out, however, that after more than a drink or two the other effects of alcohol began to take hold, which led to a less pleasurable experience.
Moderation, it seems, is key. But when consuming a glass of red, a compound inside the wine called quercetin effectively blocks UGT2B17, preventing the body from excreting it, and thereby raising levels of testosterone in the blood. Chocolate makes you fat, sugar rots your teeth, sausages can trigger cancer etc etc, and it wears pretty thin.
But here at Cosmopolitan we've decided to start being a bit more optimistic about things, so with that in mind we cornered a group of medical professionals from London Doctors Clinic to find out some ways in which most people's favourite vice - alcohol - can actually be There have been many studies on the relationship between alcohol and cardiac health. That's got to be a good thing, right? Plus, there's a definite emphasis on light drinkers.
Did you know that beer contains many essential amino acids and high levels of calcium? And we all need amino acids and calcium, right?
Some people believe that the antioxidants in certain alcohol drinks, including wine, can clear up some of the dangerous chemicals that are produced by our bodies. A number of studies, including this one , have suggested that moderate alcohol consumption increases high-density lipoprotein — also known as good cholesterol. Good cholesterol rounds up all the bad cholesterol responsible for clogging up our arteries.
It brings this bad cholesterol to the liver, where it's broken down and removed from the body. So the higher our level of good cholesterol, the less build-up of atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries, the lower our risk of cardiovascular disease.
Running low on Listerine? The high percentage of alcohol in certain spirits, like vodka, kills mouth bacteria.
Even better, add some spearmint for that minty fresh feeling. Whether you want to swap your morning mouthwash for vodka is your call, mind you As well as the rumoured aphrodisiac qualities of the hops in beer, according to a study conducted on Australian men and published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine in , the chances of erectile dysfunction might be reduced among alcohol drinkers.
Chocolate makes you fat, sugar rots your teeth, sausages can trigger cancer etc etc, and it wears pretty thin. Amines are organic compounds that are present in very small amounts in wine. Men tend to get turned by with lavender, caramel, butter, orange, licorice, baking spice, and vanilla-like aromas. Mind you, best stick to a couple of glasses because research also shows that too much alcohol is likely to cause your libido to flop and excess alcohol consumption comes with its own problems. A healthier heart There have been many studies on the relationship between alcohol and cardiac health. James Beard award winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. With increased caffeine consumption, you may experience insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, nausea, irregular heartbeat, anxiety and headaches.
However, further research might just be needed to support this connection. Come one, you know you're your best self after a glass and a half of wine.