Alcohol and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

I. Alcohol and Erectile Dysfunction.


I.   Alcohol and Erectile    Dysfunction

II.  Erectile Dysfunction

III. Source

IV.  Resources

Are drinking alcohol and erectile dysfunction (ED) connected? To study this question, researchers analyzed the results of 24 cross-sectional studies. These studies included 154,295 patients.

Light and moderate drinkers had a much lower risk of ED. Such drinking was consuming up to 21 drinks per week. However, those who consumed over 21 drinks weekly had no significant reduction in ED risk.

Also, men who had “never consumed” alcohol had no different ED risk than those who had “ever” consumed it.

Thus, light and moderate drinkers enjoyed lower risk of having ED. However, heavy drinkers did not have a significant benefit.

II. Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

ED occurs when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. Sexual arousal is very complex. It involves the brain, nerves, muscles, hormones, blood vessels, and emotions.

A problem with any of these can cause ED. Thus, it’s a medical problem. There are many possible causes of ED. They include these.

  • Alcoholism or drug abuse.
  • Anxiety alcohol and erectile dysfunction
  • Clogged blood vessels.
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Sleep apnea . 
  • Smoking
  • Some prescription meds
  • Stress
  • Treatments for enlarged prostate or for prostate cancer

alcohol and erectile dysfunctiontRemember that erectile dysfunction is a medical problem. Therefore, you should discuss it with your doctor. It may embarrass you, but to him or her it’s just another day at the office. Your doctor has dealt with it many, many times before. This Harvard site has very practical suggestions for how to bring up the subject with your doctor.

The FDA has approved these substancesfor treating ED. They work by increasing blood flow to the penis.

  • Avanafil (Strenda)
  • Sildenafil (Viagra)
  • Tadalafil (Cialis)
  • Vardenafil (Levitra and Staxyn)

Some are now available as generic drugs. However, all have very serious side-effects for some men. Therefore, you should talk with your doctor about this. Obviouly, never use an online “doctor” or buy them through the internet. That’s only asking for problems.

Fortunately, we can control some of the things that can decrease our risk of ED.

III. Source for Alcohol and Erectile Dysfunction

Wang, X., et al. Alcohol intake and risk of erectile dysfunction. A dose-response meta-analysis of observational studies. Int J Impot Res, Sept 19 2018.

IV. Resources

Not all of these deal with alcohol and erectile dysfunction.

Alcohol and Health

Alcohol and Sex

Ellsworth, P. and Stanley, B. 100 Questions & Answers about Erectile Dysfunction. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett, 2008.

Erectile Dysfunction

Drinking Alcohol and Sexual Performance of Men

Sexual Problems in Men

Inlander, C. Men’s Health for Dummies. Foster City, CA: IDG 1999.

Westheimer, R. & Lehu, P. Sex for Dummies. NY: Wiley, 2012.