So why does alcohol cut your chances of having a baby? The Chief Medical Officers' alcohol unit guidelines does not have specific advice on the effects of alcohol on fertility. But they do have specific guidelines for those trying to conceive. Recent reviews have shown that the risks of low birth weight, preterm birth, and being small for gestational age all may increase in mothers drinking above one to two units a day during pregnancy. Women who wanted to reduce that risk need to be particularly careful not to drink more than they intended to.
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Just five alcoholic drinks a week could reduce sperm quality
Log in Advanced Search. Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol, equivalent to two pints a week, has been linked to higher sperm quality than lower or higher alcohol intake. A study of men in Italy, published in the journal Andrology , found that drinking units of alcohol per week was associated with greater semen volume and total sperm count, compared with those who drank units or more than 8 units a week.
Drinking alcohol — even in moderation — can have a dramatic effect on the reproductive system. It can impact hormone production and decrease semen parameters such as sperm count, motility, morphology, and concentration. A large Danish study of healthy young men between the ages of found that even modest drinking habits — as little as 5 drinks per week — can negatively affect the amount of sperm produced , the concentration of sperm per milliliter of semen, and the morphology of sperm a measure of how well-formed the sperm are. As you might expect, the more alcohol a person drinks regularly, the more serious the effects on sperm quality. The same study showed that the most significant impairment in sperm quality was found in men who regularly drank more than 25 drinks per week.