Alcohol, Opioids, and Testicular Function

  • Michael L. Adams
  • Theodore J. Cicero
Part of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Reviews book series (DAAR, volume 6)


A large body of research has determined that alcohol suppresses male reproductive function in laboratory animals and humans (see Dicero,1,2 Anderson et al.,3 Bannister and Lowosky,4 Gavaler and Van Thiel,5 and Adler6 for reviews). Although an important part of this reproductive suppression is the result of decreases in the secretion of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) through acctions on the hypothalamic­pituitary­gonadal (HPG) axis1,2 recent evidence shows that alcohol has important inhibitory effects on the gonadal portion of the male HPG axis.


Luteinizing Hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Testicular Function Luteinizing Hormone Secretion Testosterone Secretion 
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