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4 effects of excessive alcohol intake in men

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4 effects of excessive alcohol intake in men

4 effects of excessive alcohol intake in men

Men are more likely than women to drink excessively. Excessive drinking is associated with significant risks to men’s health and safety, and the risks increase with the amount of alcohol consumed.

Men are also more likely than women to take other risks (such as misusing other substances, having multiple sex partners, or not wearing a seat belt), that when combined with alcohol, further increase their risk of illness, injury, or death.”

Apart from the fun most men get from taking alcohol, there are a series of health risks associated with too much intake of alcohol, and below are some:

1. Alcohol Can Affect Fertility, Sexual Performance, And Sexual Health

Alcohol depresses the central nervous system which can make it difficult for some men to get, and keep an erection. Unprotected sex is far more common when alcohol is involved, and this can lead to sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy. Excessive alcohol use can directly interfere with the function of the testicles and affect the normal production of male hormones. When this happens, a man can experience erectile dysfunction, impotence, and infertility.

2. Lead to Weight Gain

Typically, men show weight gain around their middle body parts, which is how the term ‘beer belly’ came about. Fat around the middle of our bodies is believed to be especially harmful, because when it is laid down directly on the organs inside the abdomen (belly), including the liver. Weight gain from any cause, including drinking, as well as alcohol’s effect on men’s hormones, can also show around the chest in men, causing the breasts to get bigger–this is often referred to as ‘man boobs’.

3. Health-related Deaths
While cirrhosis and liver cancer are the two primary health concerns for both men and women with long-term alcohol dependence, there are certain conditions for which a man is more likely to die. According to research from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, there are certain health conditions for which alcoholic men are at higher risk of death. When compared to a matched set of men and women over the age of 65, the researchers found that:

  • Men were twice as likely to die of liver cancer.
  • Men were more than four times more likely to die of mouth, throat, or oesophagal cancer.
  • Men were three times more likely to die of a stroke.
  • Men were more than twice as likely to die of alcoholic liver disease.
  • Men were nine times more likely to die of alcohol-associated heart disease.

4. Alcohol Leads To Injury and Cancer

According to a survey by CDC, Men have higher rates of alcohol-related hospitalizations than women. Nearly three-quarters of deaths from excessive drinking are among males, totalling about 68,000 deaths each year. Also, among drivers in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes, men are 50% more likely to have been intoxicated (i.e., a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater) compared with women.

If you find yourself addicted to alcohol, there are some steps you can take to reduce it. You should also know talking to your family about it will help you curtail your intake. Keep track of what you’re drinking and set goals to reduce it.

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