Alcohol and erectile dysfunction

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Can Alcohol Consumption Cause Erectile Dysfunction? [Science: Yes]

By Johnathan P Cumberwell

We already know that alcohol is a toxin that can have adverse effects on your health.

Such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and cancer.

But what about erectile dysfunction? Can alcohol cause erectile dysfunction?

A new meta analysis just came out to address this question.

Researchers in China investigated the results of 46 existing studies involving 216,461 persons, and published their findings in the scientific journal Urologia internationalis.

What did they find?

Alcohol can lead to ED

The researcher found that:

  • There was a significant association between regular alcohol consumption and ED (odds ratio of 0.89)
  • In a separate stratified analysis, the pooled odds ratio of ED for both light to moderate and high alcohol consumption was 0.82
  • There was a J-shaped relationship between alcohol consumption and risk of ED, meaning that more alcohol was correlated with more severe erectile dysfunction

What does this mean? What is an odds ratio?

Odds ratio is defined as the likelihood that an event will occur. It is a measure of association between exposure and an outcome. The odds ratio represents the odds that an outcome will occur given a particular exposure, compared to the odds of the outcome occurring in the absence of that exposure.

So if the odds ratio of struggling with erectile dysfunction given regular alcohol consumption is 0.89, it means that there is a 89% likelihood that ED will occur.

What are my takeaways from this research?

Firstly, we already knew that alcohol is a toxin that can have several negative effects on us. And we knew that it could also cause ED. But it’s useful to have a thorough meta analysis demonstrating that there is a very strong correlation between consuming alcohol and erectile dysfunction. 

Secondly, I have personally not consumed alcohol for many years and I have no plans to start. This study gives me an additional reason for choosing the alcohol free beer.

And thirdly, if you currently struggle with ED and you also consume a considerable amount of alcohol, you may want to consider your intake. That is if you want to overcome your ED. 👍

On a different note: 

If you want to find out how well you function sexually, you can take the ED Calculator and get your score from 0-100% here.

To read the source article, please go here.