Does Alcohol Lower Testosterone?
When you drink alcohol, it can impact your body, your health and your well-being in so many ways beyond what’s initially obvious. There are the short-term and more apparent ways alcohol can affect your health, such as causing you to be intoxicated or hungover as the effects of the alcohol wear off, but what happens under the surface? How does alcohol affect you in a less obvious but perhaps even more detrimental way?
This is something people often wonder about, and one of the specific questions they have is “does alcohol lower testosterone? Is there a relationship between alcohol and testosterone, and if so, what is it? The following explores general information about testosterone and also looks at links between alcohol and testosterone to be aware of.
- When your body is metabolizing the ethanol in alcohol, it lowers the amount of a certain coenzyme which is present in the liver and testes. This coenzyme is NAD+, and it’s essential for the production of testosterone.
- When you drink your body also releases certain endorphins, which is why drinking can feel pleasant and relaxing. However, those endorphins can also cause problems in testosterone synthesis.
- When you’re a long-term drinker, it causes damage to certain tissues in your body, which can reduce the amount of testosterone fall in the testes and it can also destroy testosterone that already exists because of alcohol’s relationship to cortisol which is a stress hormone.
- Long-term, chronic consumption of alcohol can also increase estrogen, which is a female sex hormone. The testosterone in heavy, chronic drinkers may be converted into estrogen.
- Excessive drinking can interfere with your body’s ability to get quality sleep, and that can also cause problems with the production and levels of testosterone in your body.
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