News arrives in the inbox tonight to cheer me up and to brighten prospects for all non-boozers at Christmas-time, the toughest season of all for teetotallers.
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The message is this:
Booze, usually so splashingly plentiful at Yuletide, is BAD for sex.
And there's worse news, that is, for those who still embrace the bottle.
The challenge comes in the US website, Healthline Media, which warns, 'Overconsuming alcohol negatively affects almost every aspect of your health.
'Your hormone health is no exception.
'Drinking alcohol excessively can cause both short-term and long-term changes to many hormones in your body, including testosterone.'
|The message: Booze, usually so splashingly plentiful at Yuletide, is BAD for sex. And there's worse for those who still embrace the bottle...|
'It gives men their masculine features and plays a critical role in muscle and bone growth as well as sperm development.'
If that hasn't enlivened the Christmas spirit for abstinents, it has this grim warning to previously optimistic boozers:
'When testosterone levels drop, it can lead to problems such as:
• erectile dysfunction
• loss of muscle mass
The future of our species, no less, of course.
And, ladies, boozers among the fairer gender also get a chilly boudoir warning.
Low sex drive
'Women also produce a small amount of testosterone in their ovaries. Low levels of testosterone in women can lead to low sex drive and brittle bones.'
There you are, ladies: When we get into thick of glass-clicking Merry Christmas time, you can add the risk of brittle bones to your mothers' dire warnings.
Cheers! Um, delicious spring water, thanks.