Thursday, October 27, 2005

Sperm and Drinking

This is scary stuff, just in time for Halloween:

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.

I haven't checked the study for any errors. That last little paragraph sounds fairly unscientific to me: "it's known that...".

If studies like these actually are found to be correct, will there be little warning labels on the beer cans one day? For men, I mean, like the ones we now have for women. I wonder...