Enlarged Prostate Risk Reduced by Drinking Alcohol

About half of men 50 years of age suffer from an enlarged prostate. When not caused by cancer, it’s called benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). The condition causes urination problems. The proportion of sufferers increases to about 80% at age 70. So it’s a very common problem. The good news is that enlarged prostate risk is reduced by drinking alcohol.

Enlarged Prostate Risk


The symptoms of  benign enlarged prostate vary. However, the most common ones involve changes or problems with urination.

    • Urgent need to urinate.
    • A weak, interrupted stream.
    • Leaking or dribbling.
    • Frequent urination, especially at night.


Men who have two or more alcoholic drinks per daily are 33% less likely to develop enlarged prostate. That’s compared to abstainers.

enlarged prostate riskThose who have at least four servings of vegetables each day also enjoy reduced risk. But eating red meat daily increases the risk. So does eating high levels of fat. Dietary supplements have no effect on enlarged prostate risk.

The symptoms of BPH are similar to those of other conditions.  Men are wise to discuss their symptoms and with their doctor.

Better safe than sorry.


Popular Books
    • Paolone, D. Benign prostatic hyperplasia.  Clin Geriat Med,  26(2), 223-239
    • Parsons, J., and Im, R. Alcohol consumption is associated with a decreased risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol, 182(4), 1463-1468.
    • This site gives no advice. Please see your doctor about enlarged prostate risk concerns.