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Alcohol & Men – The Physical Effects

Men who drink too often or too much place themselves at high risk for an array of health-related issues. Depending on the frequency and amount of indulgence, symptoms can range anywhere from minor weight increases to impotence. Drinking generally also works to negatively affect organ function, impair judgment, and cause behavioral changes in the user.

An estimated 75,000 deaths per year have been attributed to excessive alcohol intake. Aside from general health risks, drinking can result in additional events, including auto accidents, strained relationships, and even death.

Liver Impairment

Drinking alcohol in excess can have a detrimental effect on liver function. As an organ, the liver works to remove harmful toxins and wastes from the body. In most people, the liver is able to hold up against minor threats, including a drink here and there. However, excessive alcohol indulgence can ultimately overload the liver, limiting its functionality and eventually leading to potential cirrhosis.

Sexual Consequences

Though TV and web advertisements promote the misconception that excessive drinking is a “macho” activity, it actually works to increase male estrogen levels. Men who drink on a regular basis are more prone to mood swings and enlarged breasts, while placing themselves at risk for infertility and impotence. Additionally, since alcohol works to lower user inhibitions, unprotected sex and promiscuity are often byproducts of heightened alcohol use. As such, the risks associated with unplanned pregnancy and STDs are escalated.

Skin Issues

Alcohol works to enlarge blood vessels in the skin every time a drink is consumed. Blood vessels will then continue expanding until a loss of tone or quality is achieved, resulting in a permanent red hue on the face. Wrinkles on the skin may appear after extended periods of excessive drinking due to a lack of water content within the body. In addition, overindulgence in alcohol can result in decreased vitamin A levels; an antioxidant that supports both skin and body health.


Though not a direct physical byproduct, alcohol also serves to negatively affect the mood of its users. While many individuals use alcohol as a “social lubricant”, in excess, it actually serves to disassociate users from the people they care about most. Those who depend on alcohol for social engagement quickly find themselves isolated, depressed, and alone. Motivation, excitement, and happiness eventually subside, causing many users to forget the social graces sought out in the first place.

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