Managing Chronic Prostatitis: Do You Need to Abstain from Alcohol?

Date:2023-08-01 click:0

Humans have a long history of drinking alcohol, and from ancient times to the present, many social occasions are often inseparable from drinking. So for men, drinking is definitely an important topic that cannot be avoided in a lifespan. However, there are many diseases with which patients should not drink, such as chronic prostatitis.


So do men with chronic prostatitis have to abstain from alcohol?

For healthy people, drinking in moderation has certain benefits. Drinking can help many people relieve their fatigue, promote their appetite, and improve the quality of their sleep. However, for those who have chronic prostatitis, drinking alcohol can cause the alcohol to enter the body and directly stimulate the prostate area, resulting in prostate congestion and edema and then leading to aggravation of the condition.

Drinking alcohol is an essential reason for inducing chronic prostate diseases. The prostate is very sensitive to alcohol. Stimulated by alcohol, it will be excited, causing rapid expansion and congestion of the local capillaries so that the cells and tissues discharge more fluid exudate, leading to edema. 

Therefore, the higher the concentration of alcohol in the blood is, the more serious the swelling of the prostate will be. The swollen gland will compress the urethra, triggering urination problems for the patient; swelling will also cause the nerves around the prostate to be compressed and pulled, easily causing localized pain. If you already have prostatitis or prostate dysfunction, drinking even a little alcohol will aggravate your prostate disease.

First of all, alcohol will stimulate the prostate, expanding blood vessels in the prostate and making it easy to congest. This will make chronic prostatitis more challenging to cure, and even if it is cured, it is easy to recur. Therefore, chronic prostatitis patients should quit drinking to avoid the stimulation of alcohol on the prostate.

Secondly, sitting for a long time to drink alcohol will compress the prostate, impeding blood circulation and leading to prostate congestion. And with poor ventilation in the pubic area and increased secretion of sweat, bacteria will find their way out, thus re-infecting prostatitis. Therefore, chronic prostatitis patients should avoid sitting and drinking for a long time and try to move their bodies often.

Finally, drunkenness will reduce immunity and easily lead to recurrent chronic prostatitis. Drunkenness is prone to insomnia and sleeplessness, hurts the liver and stomach, and affects the recovery of the disease. And drunkenness will reduce the body's immunity, accelerate the growth and reproduction of prostate flora, and lead to prostatitis recurrence. Therefore, patients with chronic prostatitis should avoid drinking, maintain a good lifestyle, enhance the body's immunity, and prevent the recurrence of prostatitis.

For these reasons, the current mainstream view in the medical field is that chronic prostatitis patients are not recommended to drink alcohol. On the contrary, they even have to abstain from alcohol.

However, patients with chronic prostatitis don't need to remove all the alcohol. 

There are many types of chronic prostatitis. For patients with asymptomatic or mildly-symptomatic chronic prostatitis, occasional alcohol consumption may not be a big deal, and in this case, a small amount of alcohol can be consumed. 

For those who have mild symptoms of chronic prostatitis or asymptomatic prostatitis, drinking a little bit of beer with a lower degree of alcohol will not have a big impact on their condition, and it can also help to improve the symptoms of abnormal urination. 

But it is important to be aware of the fact that patients can't drink a lot of white wine with a high degree of alcohol, and they should also be careful to control the amount of wine they drink, as well as to avoid drinking any wine during the time they are taking cephalosporin antibiotics.

Recommended Readings:

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