Must-Read: Alcohol Can Sink Your Boys
Here’s the thing about alcohol: It’s poison. Whenever you drink it, you’re basically poisoning your body. Which doesn’t mean that it’s not great or fun to use, and it doesn’t mean that it should like be abolished or anything. But it’s not entirely the best thing for your body. The thing to keep in mind, though, is just how it’s affecting your body. And it may be affecting one of the more sensitive parts of your body: Your balls.
According to a new study quoted over at Men’s Health, drinking too much may be damaging your sperm:
Researchers asked more than 1,000 guys between the ages of 18 and 28 about their drinking habits. Participants also provided blood and semen samples. The result: The more alcohol a guy consumed in a typical week, the worse he performed on tests of sperm health.
If you stick to a drink a day—one glass of wine, a regular-strength beer that’s 4-to-6 percent alcohol by volume, or roughly 1.5 ounces of liquor—the research indicates that your sperm won’t suffer. The most severe drop-off in sperm quality started at around 25 drinks per week, according to study coauthor Tina Kold Jensen, M.D., of the University of Southern Denmark.
Head on over to the link above to read the rest of the goings-on in the study, but if you do, be prepared that you may want to put a halt on your drinking habits after reading a lot of it. But still, head on over and give it a whirl, and then you’re going to have to make a decision if you ever want to be a father. Because, maybe if you don’t, this isn’t really all that bad of news!
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.