Women drinkers 'have better sex lives'
Published 09/08/2011 | 08:24
Women who drink red wine enjoy better sex lives, a study from the University of Florence in Italy has suggested.
A study among Tuscan women discovered that one or two glasses a day could lead to a more fulfilling life in the bedroom.
Experts from the university questioned 800 women between 18 and 50 Santa Maria Annunziata Hospital about their sexual satisfaction.
Using the Female Sexual Function Index - which is used by doctors to assess women and sexual health - it emerged that drinkers scored higher than teetotallers.
The score is determined using factors including sexual arousal, orgasm, satisfaction and pain and ranges between two and 36, with higher scores meaning better sexual health.
Overall, women who drank two glasses a day scored an average of 27.3 points, compared to 25.9 for those who drank one glass and 24.4 for the non-drinkers.
The study's lead author, Dr Nicola Mondaini said: "Historically, the aspects of wine and sexuality have been well known since the time of Ancient Greece.
"But the field of female sexual dysfunction is still highly unexplored."
The study also found that older women enjoy a more fruitful sex life.
The research will be published in the October issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.