Alcohol Risks on Men’s Health

Men are more likely to drink than women. According to statistics, about 24% of men have the tendency to binge drink than women and 17 of men meet the criteria for alcohol dependence sometime in their life.  Excessive drinking and alcohol consumption among men poses a serious risk to their health including their safety with risk to injury. The Centers for Disease Prevention reported that men experience higher rates of hospitalization than women and are likely to be prone to a fatal motor vehicle accident. Alcoholism can also cause aggression among men and may likely induce their tendency to committing suicide.

Alcohol and Reproductive Health

Excessive alcohol level in the blood can affect the function of the testicles and may reduce the effectiveness of the male hormone that could result to impotence and infertility. It can also reduce the secondary male characteristics among men like the development of facial and chest hair. Sexual function in male is significantly affected by alcohol intake and may also result to sexual aggression behavior that could lead to sexual assault. Alcohol can also increase the risk for men to engage in a risky and unsafe sexual activity like unprotected sex with multiple partners that increases the likelihood of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

Alcohol and cancer

Studies show that alcohol consumption contributes to the occurrence of cancer of the mouth, throat, liver, esophagus and colon among men. The American Cancer Institute reported that death is higher in men who are heavy alcohol drinkers owing to liver cancer. Alcohol can alter the ability of the liver to neutralize the activities of carcinogenic substances into harmless compounds. The cancer of the liver is called cirrhosis.

Alcohol and cardiovascular diseases

Binge drinkers are likely to experience to have blood clots as alcohol could make the platelets clump together that could result to stroke or heart attack. A research from Harvard University showed that men who binge drink have double the risk of death from heart attack than those who do not drink. Cardiomyopathy is a fatal condition that may arise from heavy drinking that weakens the heart muscles. It can also cause atrial fibrillation to occur and weight gain is also attributed to alcohol consumption.

Alcohol and dementia

Alcohol consumption shrinks certain regions of the brain resulting to memory loss. Although it is a natural process for the brain to shrink about 1.9% every 10 years with age, alcohol may accelerate the process and could result to the symptoms of dementia. Significant deficits in the brain occur with alcohol consumption that could affect the ability to make good judgment. Alcohol is believed to be attributed to cause dementia in 10% of cases, according to the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Alcohol and infectious diseases

Alcohol can affect the immune system when taken in excessive amount. When the alcohol suppresses the body’s immunity it causes infection to occur.  Common infectious diseases that may occur are HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis, pneumonia and STD.

Alcohol and nerve damage

Alcoholic neuropathy is common among alcohol drinkers which manifest as the sensation of pins and needles that is felt along the limbs and may result to muscle weakness, erectile dysfunction, constipation and incontinence.

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