The consumption of alcohol, along with tobacco and drugs, are the main causes of erectile dysfunction in Spanish men aged between 18 and 35 years, according to data obtained by a study carried out by Boston Medical Group, which involved 447 men suffering from this disorder.

The conclusions of this study indicate that in 62.5% of the cases the problems to get or maintain an erection were associated with an excessive intake of alcohol, which has the effect of inhibiting the functioning of the central nervous system, and as a consequence of this perception and response of the senses to sexual stimuli are delayed and slow, and blood flow to the penis is difficult.

In 62.5% of the cases the problems to get or maintain an erection were associated with an excessive intake of alcohol

This is something that happens to both men who suffer alcoholism and those who drink occasionally. Although in the case of alcoholics the problems that lead to dysfunction become chronic and can become irreversible.

Among the risk factors of erectile dysfunction, smoking also stands out -which is behind the problem in 16.5% of cases-, since tobacco consumption is responsible for a progressive obstruction of smoking. veins and arteries, which reduces the blood supply to the penis. The research points to drugs as the third cause (15.6%) of erectile dysfunction, and is that some, like cocaine, act as a vasoconstrictor, also decreasing blood flow.

José Benítez, medical director of Boston Medical Group, warns that maintaining these harmful habits also has other long-term health consequences because it has a negative impact on other organs, and remember that erectile dysfunction is often a symptom that can alert presence of other pathologies such as cardiovascular disorders or hypertension.

Causes and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction Video – Brigham and Women’s Hospital (November 2019).