Alcohol Consumption And Male Erectile Dysfunction: An Unfounded Reputation For Risk?

March 1, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment – The report, one of four published articles from a population-based cross-sectional study principally on male erectile dysfunction (ED), is based on the responses of 1,580 participants to questions on their alcohol drinking behaviour. To assess the effects of alcohol on erectile function was not the primary objective of the study.

The finding that alcohol consumption within the current guidelines for low-risk drinking was associated with lower odds of ED provides rationale for counseling alcohol drinkers with ED in day-to-day clinical practice. Men with ED need not harbour a sense of guilt about their past or current drinking if they consume alcohol within guidelines.

This should not be interpreted as encouragement for non-drinkers to commence alcohol drinking. A decision by a non-drinker to commence drinking warrants careful consideration and informed decision, as it may be associated with multiple medical, socioeconomic and other implications, some of which could be serious.

Written by Kew-Kim Chew, MD as part of Beyond the Abstract on

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