There is strong scientific evidence that suggests that drinking alcohol, even in moderation can reduce fertility levels.

And, it isn’t just female fertility we are talking about, an excessive intake of alcohol also has a direct impact on the fertility levels of men.

With even the most modest habitual alcohol consumption, we take a look at the reasons why alcohol has an adverse effect on a man’s semen.

Depletes Key Nutrients

When you consume alcohol, the body becomes less capable of absorbing and processing essential vitamins and mineral required to help our reproductive organs function.

Specifically for males, alcohol consumption depletes the levels of zinc in the body. Zinc is a mineral that is vital for male fertility, it is needed in high concentrations in order to form the outer layer of the sperm and also the sperm tail. A zinc deficiency can cause a low sperm count, which will make it more challenging for a couple to conceive.

Overburdens The Liver

The liver is responsible for cleansing toxins from your blood and tissues. When you drink alcohol, the liver works overtime to detoxify it all.

An overworked liver can have a major impact on hormones, elevating the levels of oestrogen within the male body which causes a drop in the progesterone hormone. Progesterone is a precursor to testosterone, an essential hormone required for overall wellbeing and sexual function in men.

Destabilises Blood Sugar

High levels of glucose in the blood has been shown to damage blood vessels throughout the body. When a pint of cider can contain as many as five teaspoons of sugar, it is very easy for even a small amount of alcohol to take its toll on the body.

Unstable blood sugar levels can lead to reduced sperm counts and impaired sperm quality in men, which will directly affect couples who are trying to conceive.

Relationship Problems

In addition to the adverse effects on semen, heavy drinking can also cause relationship problems.

Many men believe that alcohol can improve their sex life, but too much alcohol actually lowers testosterone levels, reduces libido, and can make it more difficult to maintain or get an erection.

The Good News

The good news is that the effects of drinking too much alcohol can be reversed once you reduce your alcohol intake. If you feel cutting out alcohol completely when trying to conceive is too extreme, consider portion control; instead of a large glass of wine, have a smaller glass instead.