You may feel like drinking increases your sex drive, but in reality alcohol negatively affects the key parts of our body’s reproductive system.
Drinking alcohol can decrease your sex drive and performance, as it affects the hypothalamus area of the brain and your pituitary gland. Drinking alcohol above the Australian Guidelines can affect your sex drive as well as your ability to conceive or have children.
For men, alcohol can be damaging to testicles by causing them to shrink. This decreases testosterone blood levels, which may lead to the development of female characteristics such as enlarged breasts.
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovulation, making it difficult to conceive a healthy baby. If you are planning a pregnancy, pregnant and/or breastfeeding you should avoid alcohol.
It’s safest not to drink while pregnant – education resources
DrinkWise has produced brochures and posters for general consumer information and medical centers/GP waiting rooms, advising women that it is safest not to drink while pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. The resources provide information about the effects of alcohol on the body and recommend consumers to talk to their doctors or obstetricians if they would like more information on the risks and effects of consuming alcohol while pregnant. The resources can be downloaded and printed below.
Find out more about alcohol and pregnancy.DrinkWise alcohol & pregnancy printable
DrinkWise alcohol & pregnancy poster