Booz­ing is bad for your sex life – survey

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LMOST half of South African men could be at risk of erec­tile dys­func­tion be­cause of ex­ces­sive drink­ing, ac­cord­ing to a survey re­leased yes­ter­day.

The survey found 44 per­cent of the coun­try’s men were at risk, said Pharma Dy­nam­ics, a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firm spe­cial­is­ing in men’s sex­ual health.

Stud­ies sug­gested three or more al­co­holic drinks a week im­paired erec­tile func­tion and sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion.

“A sober­ing thought, since more than 31 per­cent of South African males al­ready con­sume over five glasses of al­co­hol a week and 13 per­cent toss back at least three glasses a week on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

Over 500 men be­tween the ages of 18 and 55 par­tic­i­pated in the na­tional survey, con­ducted dur­ing June and July this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s lat­est re­port on al­co­hol and health, South Africa had the high­est al­co­hol con­sump­tion rate in Africa.

Pharma Dy­nam­ics spokesman Tumi Mot­sei said: “Men un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol may feel more sex­ual and have a stronger de­sire, but al­co­hol ham­pers your per­for­mance.

“The liver can only break down the amount of al­co­hol in about one stan­dard size drink an hour, so reg­u­larly drink­ing more than that means tox­ins can build up in your body and af­fect your or­gans, in­clud­ing those in­volved in sex,” he said.

Men de­pen­dent on al­co­hol had a 60 to 70 per­cent chance of suf­fer­ing sex­ual prob­lems. Ac­cord­ing to the survey four in ev­ery 10 South African men were cur­rently af­fected.

Men with erec­tile dys­func­tion were twice as likely to have a heart at­tack, 10 per­cent more likely to have a stroke and 20 per­cent more likely to be ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal for heart fail­ure.

“Im­po­tence is an early warn­ing sign that car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease may be loom­ing,” Mot­sei said. – Sapa

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