Sexual Dysfunction associated with Alcohol Abuse Among Male Adults: A Literature Review
This literature review delves into the significant issue of sexual dysfunction resulting from alcohol abuse among adult males in South Africa. There is a dearth of studies on sexual dysfunction caused by chronic alcohol use. With alcohol consumption being a widespread and culturally ingrained behavior in the region, this study examines the existing body of research to elucidate the complex relationship between alcohol abuse and sexual problems in men. Articles were searched from scientific search engines such as CINAHL Plus (EBSCO), PubMed, Medline, APA Psych and INFO as well as manual searches through Google and Google Scholar search engines. Both quantitative and qualitative studies that showed the sexual dysfunction associated with alcohol abuse among male adults were included. A total of 95 articles were screened, and 8 full-text articles were ultimately included in the review. The review reveals a strong association between alcohol abuse and various forms of sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction, diminished sexual desire, and performance anxiety. The detrimental effects of alcohol on the male sexual functioning are multifaceted, involving physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors. This literature review offers a thorough examination of the significant concern of sexual dysfunction arising from alcohol abuse in adult males. It underscores the necessity of acknowledging and addressing the intricate relationship between alcohol use and sexual health to formulate effective prevention and treatment strategies. The study advocates for additional research on the same topic, emphasizing the need to inform healthcare professionals, policymakers, and researchers. The ultimate objective is to enhance the sexual health and overall well-being of men through evidence-based insights and targeted interventions.
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