Cheers to Your Prostate: Alcohol and BPH

August 6, 2021

Those that have symptoms of BPH (benign prostate hypertrophy) or an “obstructive prostate” often suffer from an increase in urinary frequency, urgency, incomplete emptying or weak stream. Previously, alcohol was thought to worsen those symptoms since its a diuretic that often causes more urinary frequency and urgency.

However a recent review of 19 studies suggests those with BPH or at risk of developing BPH might have a reason to raise a glass and toast. The study found that moderate alcohol consumption (<36 grams of alcohol a day) could benefit the prostate and reduce the risk of BPH. The prostate is full of blood vessels and studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption actually decreases cardiovascular disease risk – meaning ALL blood vessels, even those in the prostate, benefit. Now that an association with BPH and cardiovascular disease has been established, it makes sense that moderate alcohol consumption may be advantageous to prostate health and reduce BPH risk, as well.

So break out the beer, wine or spirits and enjoy in moderation. A small glass of wine (100mL), a nip of your favorite liquor (30mL) or one cold beer may reduce your risks and progression of BPH. Cheers!