While both sexes are generally affected by alcohol in similar ways, you may already be aware of the fact that men can process alcohol much better than women. Still, that does not mean that men are not exempt from a unique set of deadly and debilitating problems brought on by excessive alcohol consumption. For example, some researchers have identified a potential connection between alcohol use disorders and prostate cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer among men in the United States. Is it possible that booze may aggravate and infect this critical component of the male reproductive system? Let’s take a closer look at the situation and find out more information.
What Is the Link?
Based on a report from the American Prostate Foundation, prostate cancer and alcohol problems are not linked (at least, not directly), while the American Cancer Society does not list alcohol as a potential cause for this illness. However, in a 2016 study, researchers discovered that men are increasing their chances of developing prostate cancer if they overindulge in booze (in contrast to men who don’t drink). Nevertheless, this study compiled self-reports from the men themselves, meaning it is opinionative (and potentially not fully reliable).
Still, a 2018 study confirmed that men who drink early in life may have a higher risk of developing this cancer in older years, but this information requires further investigation.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of prostate cancer do not set in until a much later stage (which is why it’s so dangerous). However, regular screenings will protect a man from harm. Typical symptoms of this cancer include:
- Frequent urination (particularly at night)
- Difficulty urinating or pain during urination
- Bloody urine or semen
- Pain during intercourse
- Discomfort or severe pain in the rectum, hips, pelvis, and/or lower back
Being a diuretic, alcohol can severely dehydrate the body and force frequent bouts of urination, which may easily be mistaken for the first signs of prostate cancer. Always remember, drinking alcohol while undergoing treatment for this cancer has high risks. (We recommend you avoid it altogether.)
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.