Drinking Alcohol Can Actually Help You Get An Erection, Doctor Says

by Harley Tamplin
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This probably goes against everything you thought you knew about penises.

Yes, maybe there was that time when your frat boy BF chugged too many beers and couldn't get it up.

Maybe you were said frat boy, and you were confused and humiliated when you couldn't have sex after getting blackout drunk.

But it turns out drinking a small amount of alcohol might actually help you get a boner.


Yep, seriously.

And don't just take my word for it, because we spoke to Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, director of urology at New York Urology Specialists.

He told Elite Daily,

A glass of wine or a drink may be beneficial by relieving anxiety and actually helps some men with erections.

Who knew?!

This is a huge game-changer... but the problem is when guys drink too much.

When men drink too much booze, the toxins from the alcohol that their liver can't break down go to other parts of the body, including the penis, affecting the ability to get it up.

Dr. Shteynshlyuger gave us a few other tips if you want healthy erections, but his main piece of advice is,

Whatever helps your heart typically helps your penis as well.

That means get some damn exercise.

In addition to keeping excess weight off, regular exercise keeps the blood vessel wall healthy and responsive. Aerobic exercise (like running) as well as straight training exercise (weights) are both necessary to keep your body and your penis in optimal health.

Quit smoking.

Nicotine narrows down blood vessels and causes erection problems, among other dangerous things.

If you're a bodybuilder, keep an eye on the supplements you use.

Testosterone supplements often used for bodybuilding can cause low testosterone levels, infertility and erection problems as well.

Listen up, men: Dr. Shteynshlyuger said you should also check your cholesterol and blood pressure regularly, and get your testosterone and thyroid levels checked if you're having problems in the bedroom.