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Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol & Erectile Dysfunction

Learn how smoking, drugs, and alcohol can cause erectile dysfunction in this Howcast video.

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Erectile dysfunction is a very common condition that affects many men throughout this country.

It's estimated that over 30 million men are affected by erectile dysfunction. What it is, is either the inability to have a strong or firm erection or the inability to sustain the erection during sexual activity at least 75% of the time.

The causes of erectile dysfunction are many and varied. Drugs such as alcohol, marijuana. These can act as depressants, which can reduce your ability to have erections. Smoking is a large culprit and a cause for erectile dysfunction. Because not only does it increase your risk of many various types of cancers, but the act of smoking actually causes trauma to the lining of blood vessels.

This trauma then causes a repair process to be initiated. That repair process causes narrowing or hardening of the arteries and that can reduce or impair blood flow to various parts of the body. So, smokers not only can develop erectile dysfunction, they may have reduced blood flow to their limbs.

Some smokers with severe, what we call, peripheral vascular disease, which is a disease affecting the blood vessels periphery. Patients can lose their limbs, feet, legs, arms due to problems related to the blood vessels. Similarly, those patients can also develop erectile dysfunction.

So, all of these categories of drugs, including recreational drugs, alcohol and smoking are major culprits as contributors to erectile dysfunction.

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