BOTTOMS UP: Alan Mantova thinks beer is a bloke's best friend but Tylah Rees and Kisha White aren't sure. Picture: JUSTIN SANSON
TERRITORY blokes knew it all along and now it's official - alcohol improves a man's performance in the bedroom.
Despite the traditional views about the effects of booze on a man's sex life, a new study suggested moderate drinking protected against impotence in the long term.
Darwinite Alan Mantova, 50, welcomed the study's findings - and he could already see its effects.
Surrounded by two Territory bombshells while having a beer in a Darwin bar, Mr Mantova said he understood the social benefits of alcohol.
"I haven't heard of this study," he said.
"But I definitely know it's important for your social life. And if you don't have a social life, you don't have the rest as well."
Australian researcher Kew-Kim Chew made the surprising discovery that alcohol improved rather than damaged men's sex life.
Dr Chew, who works for the Institute for Medical Research, surveyed 1770 Australian men anonymously.
He said he found men who drank within safe guidelines had better erectile functions than teetotallers.
Owner of the Winnellie Hotel Brian Peckover had his own theory.
He said a glass of beer was like a lion hunting in Africa.
"Just like lions picking off the weakest wildebeest, beer just kills off all your bad brain cells and leaves the good ones," he said.
But Tylah Rees, who works at the Honey Pot, was not convinced - at least about booze's short-term effects in the bedroom: "It takes longer and some fall asleep," she said.