Even though alcohol can help some relax or ensure a good time, it has some serious effects on your body. Alcohol can have a significant impact on hormones, particularly sex hormones. While acute use of alcohol may increase levels of some hormones, long-term use can cause hormone imbalances leading to a variety of health issues and emotional disturbances.
Here are 3 hormone-related health issues alcohol has been linked to.
Alcohol consumption has been associated with lower testosterone concentrations in men, leading to reduced libido, erectile dysfunction and infertility.
Alcohol has also been linked to increased levels of prolactin, a hormone that can cause irregular menstrual cycles and decreased fertility in women.
Alcohol influences the release of neurotransmitters, chemicals that regulate mood, emotions, and stress. For some people, these effects lead to anxiety and depression, while for others it can increase feelings of pleasure and joy.