Erectile dysfunction is extremely common in those who consume more than 3 drinks daily or those who smoke at least 10 cigarettes per day.
Men who smoke are twice as likely to experience ED as non smokers. Smoking damages your blood vessels Even if your nervous system is functioning well, an erection still might be difficult to achieve if your blood vessels have been damaged due to smoking. However, quitting smoking can improve your healthy immediately; your chance of a cardiac event decreases, your blood pressure improves, and your circulation improves within 2-12 weeks, which is incredibly helpful in preventing ED.
In addition, although alcohol consumption may serve as social lubricant, it has been proven to cause erectile dysfunction. Alcohol is a nervous system depressant and can actually block messages between the brain and the body (this is why some people have slurred speech when intoxicated).
In the short term, alcohol relaxes the muscles in the penis enabling blood to flow in, but it also prevents those blood vessels from closing and trapping all the added blood that is vital in maintaining an erection. In the long run, excessive alcohol consumption can cause scarring in the liver, high blood pressure, and can damage your blood vessels (causing ED).
Reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking will improve your overall health and sexual performance; you know this. But, you also know it can be incredibly difficult to quit. Here are some tips from Roman’s medical team to make things a bit easier.