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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

infection in which alcohol was the direct, primary factor. How many 

such cases there are altogether in the period of a year nobody can 

say, but that they constitute a considerable percentage of the total 

venereal morbidity every investigating sexologist will testify. Forel 

claims that 76 per cent. of all venereal infection takes place under 

the influence of alcohol; Notthaft is more moderate, more 

discriminating in his statistics and his claims are--30 per cent. An 

analysis of 1,000 cases of venereal infection, just published by Dr. 

Hugo Hecht (_Venerische Infektion und Alkohol, Z.B.G._, Vol. XVI, No. 

11) gives over 40 per cent. And the saddest part of it is that among 

the infected were 75 married men (the author thinks there were more, 

but only 75 confessed to being married), and of these, 45, equivalent 

to 60 per cent., were under the influence of alcohol when they 

contracted their venereal disease (extra-matrimonially, of course). 

 

Alcoholic indulgence contributes to the spread of venereal disease 

directly and indirectly. First and foremost it increases enormously 

the amount of intercourse indulged in. I certainly do not belong to 

those who believe that the sex instinct is merely a vicious appetite, 

like the appetite for alcohol or drugs, which can easily and 

completely be suppressed by the exertion of will-power. I believe that 

the sex instinct can be suppressed only within reasonable limits; if 

an attempt is made to exceed these limits dire results are apt to 

follow. But I also believe that the sex instinct can be stimulated 

artificially beyond the natural needs, and among the artificial 

stimulants of the sex instinct alcohol occupies first place. And bear 

in mind that alcohol produces even a stronger effect on women, in 

exciting the sexual passion, than it does on men. Women are more 

easily upset by stimulants and narcotics, and that is the reason why 

it is more dangerous for women to drink than it is for men. 

 

So this, then, is count number one: The man and the woman who in a 

sober condition would easily abstain, with their libido stimulated and 

their will-power paralyzed by alcohol, indulge unnecessarily, with the 

risk of venereal infection to the man and the double risk of venereal 

infection and pregnancy to the woman. Count two: The man who in the 

sober condition would use care and discrimination, under the influence 

of alcohol soon loses all his judgment and sees an angel and a Helen 

of Troy in the worst and most impudent harlot; with the result that 

the chances of venereal infection are greatly increased. Count three: 

Where under ordinary circumstances the man would stay a few minutes to 

half an hour, under the influence of alcohol he stays several hours, 

or all night, thus increasing his chances of infection a hundredfold. 


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