Alcohol, Medications, and Other Drugs

  • Joseph Westermeyer
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Drugs have long been used to facilitate and enhance sexual experience. Alcohol in Europe and Asia, opium in Asia, and yohimbine in Africa have served that purpose for centuries and continue to do so today. Other traditional compounds have included cantharides (Spanish fly—a urinary tract irritant), strychnine in homeopathic doses, ginseng root, and various mammalian organs (e.g., rhinoceros or deer horn, water buffalo testes, bear bile). Depending on era, location, informant, and drug, these presumed aphrodiasiac agents have gained reputations as causing, allowing, and/or enhancing sexual function (Jarvik, 1977).


Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Experience Sexual Relationship Sexual Problem Premature Ejaculation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Westermeyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Minnesota HospitalMinneapolisUSA

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