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Heavy drinking may harm male hormones, sperm
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/27/05 | Amy Norton - Reuters

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: aa; drinking; harm; heavy; hormones; male; sperm
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To: NormsRevenge
Alcohol, Muthusami said, enters the testicles directly...

Well, that certainly conjures up some weird images in my mind.

21 posted on 10/27/2005 11:45:15 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: beyond the sea
I thought it was the weed that caused boobies?
22 posted on 10/27/2005 11:46:06 AM PDT by md2576 (Don't be such a Shehan Hugger!)
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To: DumpsterDiver
Alcohol, Muthusami said, enters the testicles directly...

Well, that certainly conjures up some weird images in my mind.

That's some sitz bath!

23 posted on 10/27/2005 11:47:36 AM PDT by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'll drink to that!


24 posted on 10/27/2005 11:47:59 AM PDT by BJClinton (Caliphate? Letís Motivate!)
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To: Bigh4u2

25 posted on 10/27/2005 11:48:00 AM PDT by txroadkill
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To: md2576
I thought it was the weed that caused boobies?

Jane Russell must have been tokin'.

26 posted on 10/27/2005 11:48:41 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Gloria Borger is Andrea Mitchell on Peyote)
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To: NormsRevenge

24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.


27 posted on 10/27/2005 11:49:50 AM PDT by b4its2late (A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel good.)
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To: Millee

All women or just blondes?


28 posted on 10/27/2005 11:50:08 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: NormsRevenge
According to the researchers, these findings likely reflect direct damage to the testicles caused by excessive alcohol.

Fred dropped a case of Coors on his nuts.

29 posted on 10/27/2005 11:50:12 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Gloria Borger is Andrea Mitchell on Peyote)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Manzier needed.


30 posted on 10/27/2005 11:50:39 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Gloria Borger is Andrea Mitchell on Peyote)
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To: NormsRevenge

Throw away viagra.

Join AA, improve your sex life naturally.


31 posted on 10/27/2005 11:51:22 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: txroadkill

Heather Nauert at 1:00 a.m. Nice!


32 posted on 10/27/2005 11:51:40 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Gloria Borger is Andrea Mitchell on Peyote)
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To: beyond the sea

That may explain why Ethel was always grim faced on I love lucy.


33 posted on 10/27/2005 11:51:45 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: txroadkill

34 posted on 10/27/2005 11:51:55 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (If you want to be on my Civil Engineer ping list, just say so!)
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To: NormsRevenge

35 posted on 10/27/2005 11:52:09 AM PDT by SquirrelKing (I'm not mean, you're just a sissy.)
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To: beyond the sea
Then she needs to "share the wealth!"

Be that her boobies or her weed. :0)

36 posted on 10/27/2005 11:53:10 AM PDT by md2576 (Don't be such a Shehan Hugger!)
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To: b4its2late; NormsRevenge
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.

18 holes in a round of golf, 18 shots in a bottle of Whiskey. Coincidence? I think not.

;-)

37 posted on 10/27/2005 11:54:13 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Gloria Borger is Andrea Mitchell on Peyote)
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To: beyond the sea
"alcoholic men can develop signs of low testosterone, including shrunken testicles and enlarged breasts"

Teddy Kennedy, we found your problem! (just don't post the picture of him on the dock, Pleeeeeese)

38 posted on 10/27/2005 11:54:44 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL........ William Frawley was great. Do you remember him as the assistant to the judge in the original "Miracle on 34th Street"?


39 posted on 10/27/2005 11:56:23 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Gloria Borger is Andrea Mitchell on Peyote)
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To: Phantom Lord
They also had a far higher rate of erectile dysfunction (ED) - 71 percent, versus 7 percent of abstainers.

Its called "whiskey d***". I don't need to convene commission to authorise a sutdy to produce a report in India, mind you, to tell me that.

40 posted on 10/27/2005 11:57:58 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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