A nutrition expert, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, has urged men indulging in excessive alcohol consumption to kick the habit to protect their sexual health.

According to the nutritionist, excessive alcohol consumption harms male sexual health, noting that it can lead to a reduction in libido and premature ejaculation.

Prof. Onimawo, a former Vice-Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, also warned that excessive alcohol consumption can destroy the liver aside from its effect on libido.

The former President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, disclosed this during an exclusive interview with PUNCH Healthwise

He urged those indulging in the habit to stop, warning that ingestion of too much alcohol has serious long-term health effects.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive alcohol use can interfere with testicular function and male hormone production resulting in erectile dysfunction and infertility.

“Alcohol use by men also increases the chances of engaging in risky sexual activity including unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, or sex with a partner at risk for sexually transmitted infections,” the CDC said.

Prof. Onimawo explained, “Excessive alcohol consumption reduces libido in men. One problem with alcohol is that it will excite you to go into sexual activity, but you cannot sustain it because it eventually reduces your performance.”

“Alcohol is a stimulant. If one consumes it moderately, let’s say a glass of red wine, that could be moderate.”

“It can help you as a man, but when you go beyond that, it can become a problem.”

“This is because alcohol is a stimulant. So, if you take it in excess and get drunk; even if you are not drunk, the liver will have to filter it and break it down to water and carbon dioxide.”

“In the process of doing that, the liver could be over-burdened and the excitement you expected from the sexual activity practically reduces.”

“Excessive alcohol intake makes men release their sperm too early.”

Besides excessive alcohol consumption, the professor also identified lack of sleep and rest as other factors that could affect sexual performance in men.

@ Punch Newspaper

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