Guys: Here are Four Ways Alcohol is Impacting Your Health Right Now

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Did you know that a night of drinking can give you more than a hangover? Here are four ways alcohol is impacting your health right now:

1. Alcohol can make you weak.
Trying to bulk up? The empty calories in alcohol and drunk snacks may not be the only thing holding you back. Alcohol also dehydrates you, lowers your testosterone levels and makes it harder to build muscle. Plus, on top of being dehydrated the day after drinking—and maybe hungover—you might feel tired because alcohol can interrupt your sleep.

2. Alcohol can be a real downer on your sex life.
Too many drinks can cause performance issues in the bedroom such as erectile dysfunction and less sexual desire. But those Jägerbombs could also turn your fun night out into a regrettable hook-up and some uncomfortable visits to your military treatment facility. Drinking a lot may make you more likely to have risky and unprotected sex that can lead to an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection.

3. Alcohol can mess with your brain.
When you drink a lot of alcohol, even just once, it can change your mood and behavior. Alcohol increases aggression, meaning you might get into a bar fight that sober-you would have avoided. Alcohol is also a factor in half of all sexual assaults. One wrong move could leave you injured or behind bars.
Drinking to forget your problems or handle a rough week isn’t a good idea either. Alcohol can increase depression and risk of suicide. Also, men are more likely than women to commit suicide and to have been drinking before committing suicide. If you or someone you know have thoughts of suicide, call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and Press 1 instead of turning to alcohol.

4. Alcohol can lead to injury and even death.
Ever wake up on a Sunday and wonder how you made it out of the weekend alive? Men are more likely than women to take risks when drinking and consistently have higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations. Stay safe if you drink by avoiding these risks:

  • Alcohol Poisoning: Learn the signs of alcohol poisoning before you drink. A trip to the hospital—for yourself or a friend—ruins any party.
  • Serious Injury: You may be a strong swimmer or a great shot when sober, but alcohol can seriously affect your skills. Save risky activities until everyone is sober to avoid drownings, firearm injuries, falls, fatal burns and more.
  • Drunk Driving: Don’t end your night with flashing lights and handcuffs—plan ahead and find a safe way home.

You have the power to stay strong, sexy and smart. Visit the Getting Help section of this website for tips on how to cut back and drink responsibly.

Posted June 25, 2018