Alcohol’s Negative Impacts on Male Sexual Health

Alcohol may damage your reproductive system and hamper your sexual ability Drinking a little alcohol may help you overcome your bedroom jitters and turn you into Don Juan. Go beyond a couple of cocktails and you may end up finding yourself in trouble. Excessive alcohol consumption can affect your sexual health because it interferes with testicular function and male hormone production, and may result in infertility, impotency, and reduction of male secondary sexy characteristics such as chest and facial hair. The thing is that alcohol is basically a depressant, so its excessive use may reduce sexual desire, dampen mood, and lead to erectile dysfunction.

Alcohol and its Impact on Testosterone

Researchers have been conducting studies for quite some time to determine the impact of excessive alcohol on testosterone. They have found that testosterone levels diminish in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic men, but it declines more in men who rely heavily on alcohol and become intoxicated. Though the researchers have found that testosterone levels return to normal if a person drinks occasionally, it is hard to overlook the negative impact of regular drinking even if you drink a little.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report just recently stating that moderate drinking may not have a huge impact on your sexual performance. The moderate in this case refers to drinking one or two drinks a day, not a drop more. Otherwise, the liver will fail to eliminate the toxins from alcohol, which will affect your sexual organs.

Here are the top three ways alcohol can destroy your sex life:

  • Alcohol has detrimental effects on your brain and your penis. Researches show that sober men are more likely to achieve an erection quickly as compared to alcoholics. Pre-sex drinking hinders the blood flow to your sexual organ and dramatically reduces your level of excitement, which results in temporary erectile dysfunction.
  • Excessive drinking may make you vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases. Almost 50% of unplanned sexual encounters that often lead to STDs are the result of excessive drinking.
  • The experts believe that excessive use of alcohol is one of the underlying causes of ruined relationships. Moderate drinking may not be a huge cause of concern, but it leads to several relationship problems like infidelity, conflict, economic insecurity, and eventually divorce in households where men are alcoholics.

What’s more, alcohol can destroy your appearance, which is also going to affect your sex life. You may not know but four pints of lager may contain up to 1000 calories, which makes it seriously fattening. Many other unattractive things may also happen, including enlargement of breasts in males, withering of the testicles, and loss of hair on the body. It is worth pointing out that regular alcohol use will also lead to stress and depression, and there is no prize for discovering that you’re not going to have a great time in the bedroom when you’re feeling depressed. So, be sure to learn where to draw the line and when you’re going beyond moderation, or else be prepared to experience serious embarrassment in front of your partner.

Bottom lines is, the many possible negative effects of alcohol on your sexual functions and quality of life are a sufficing reason to keep away from drinking.

For further reading about alcohol’s damaging effects on the male reproductive system check out this article by Mary Ann Emanuele, M.D. and Nicholas V. Emanuele, M.D.

1 Comment

  1. Ken

    This is an excellent and well written article on the detrimental effects of alcohol and erectile dysfunction. While the “liquid courage” can help men meet women, and even result in a sexual encounter, but if the man is well intoxicated, this may result in erectile dysfunction.

    Signals from the brain to the penis to cause an erection can be missed, due to alcohol’s numbing effect on the central nervous system.


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