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Just 5 Alcoholic Drinks a Week Could Reduce Your Sperm Quality- Study



Drinking just five units of alcohol every week could reduce the quality of a man’s sperm, new research suggests. And the more alcohol consumed, the weaker the quality of the sperm, the study found. Men of a reproductive age should be advised to steer clear of habitual drinking, the authors said.

The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, examined 1,200 Danish male military recruits between the ages of 18 and 28, all of whom underwent a medical examination between 2008 and 2012. As part of the assessment they were asked about their drinking habits and invited to provide sperm and blood samples.

The average number of units drunk in the preceding week was 11. They found that drinking alcohol in the previous week was linked to changes in reproductive hormone levels, with the effects increasingly noticeable the more alcohol consumed. Testosterone levels rose while sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) fell, they found.

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Source: Guardian

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