Skip to comments.Heavy drinking may harm male hormones, sperm
Posted on 10/27/2005 11:37:16 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Problem drinking may dampen both a man's sex life and his chances of having children, according to a new study.
Researchers in India found that men being treated for alcoholism had lower testosterone levels and more sperm abnormalities than non-drinkers did. They also had a far higher rate of erectile dysfunction (ED) - 71 percent, versus 7 percent of abstainers.
Some past studies have suggested that heavy drinking can take a toll on men's reproductive health. One recent study found that couples had a higher miscarriage risk if the man had consumed 10 or more drinks a week around the time of conception.
Also, it's known that alcoholic men can develop signs of low testosterone, including shrunken testicles and enlarged breasts.
The new findings add to evidence that heavy drinking, at least among alcoholics, may harm both men's sex lives and their fertility, according to the study authors, led by Dr. K. R. Muthusami of Kovai Medical Center and Hospital in Coimbatore, India.
"Men are advised to refrain from chronic alcohol consumption if they want to procreate and lead a normal sex life," the researchers conclude in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility.
On the other hand, it's unlikely that light drinking would have any significant effect on men's fertility, Muthusami told Reuters Health.
The study included 66 non-smoking men who had sought treatment for alcoholism, along with 30 non-smokers who had never consumed alcohol. On average, alcoholic men had a significantly lower sperm count, but more abnormal sperm, as well as lower testosterone levels and changes in other reproductive hormones.
According to the researchers, these findings likely reflect direct damage to the testicles caused by excessive alcohol. Alcohol, Muthusami said, enters the testicles directly and can both cut testosterone production and harm the quality of semen.
But the potential harm is not limited to men. Other studies, the researcher noted, have found heavy drinking to impair women's reproductive health as well.
SOURCE: Fertility & Sterility, October 2005.
Get me a beer.
Beer was wonderful for my sex life. Especially when it was consumed in mass quantities by young college girls.
" Problem drinking may dampen both a man's sex life and his chances of having children,"
Not with ugly women!
Sorry! My bad!
Judging from the dickheads who get beer muscles, I'd say this study is crap. Funny how thier names are usually Mick or Yo! Vinny.
Okay, how do they know it wasn't the cigarettes?
Wouldn't you know then that they'd call it "problem drinking".
Sure hasn't stopped the irish over the centuries from having lots'o kids.
Drunk love PING!!
Yeah, this seems to be a regular Catch-22.
Joe Wilson has been looking a little "breasty" lately.
Booze has only hurt my sexlife in that it has made give my REAL number to women of a sort that don't pose for "Vogue" if you know what I mean.
Other than that, the "whiskey" aspect of sex makes a man quite popular and a woman more than willing to distribute your Resume', if you know what I mean.
Other than that basic error on the part of the writer, I find the scietific idea that booze means you don't have to pull out, being a BAD BAD BAD message. I think most 19 year old married men will agree with that.
(did I go to far with that?)
This ex[plains Ted Kennedy.
I wasn't aware that one drink every few months constituted "problem drinking."
Funny study because it has the complete opposite affect on women.
I have always said that sterilization agents should be mandatory in any malt liquors sold in the United States. Better to post this at DU, it will scare the welfare queens. If they are unable to breed they will be unable to shake us down for money.