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Does Alcohol Cause Incontinence?


Alcohol in itself doesn’t cause incontinence, unless you regularly consume large amounts. But even if you’re just an occasional drinker, alcohol still affects incontinence in these ways:

1) It stimulates a complex biochemical process that causes kidneys to produce more urine. As a result, you might feel like you have to pee more often when drinking.

2) Alcohol also dehydrates the body, which is one of the reasons we get hangovers. It helps to drink water to deal with the hangover, and naturally, when you drink more water, your bladder starts working overtime.

What to do?

If your symptoms are mild, you can simply cut down on the amount of alcohol you consume. Each person is different, with a unique personal and medical history, predispositions, and even the body size all of which can affect your “safe” dose. Listen to your body and how it reacts, regardless of the “recommended” guidelines.

If your symptoms are extreme, avoid drinking alcohol until the underlying condition is dealt with (explore the treatment options). Incontinence can be a lot more than a nuisance, so get it checked out.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2016

enbridge-ride-to-conquer-cancerOur own Dr. Neil Fleshner will participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer taking place on June 11-12, 2016 in Ontario.

Contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

Gentlemen, Restart Your Engines

Zoomer magazine quoted Dr. Elterman in an article about sexual health for “baby boomers”:

For erectile dysfunction, there’s the plainly named ED-1000. The key to how it works is low-intensity shock wave therapy that induces neovascularization – growth of new blood vessels in the penis.

“The garden variety of ED, around 80 per cent, is because of poor blood flow,” says Dr. Dean Elterman of University Urology Associates in Toronto. In fact, poor blood flow (endothelial dysfunction) is the same underlying cause of heart attack and stroke, which is why ED can precede a cardiac event by three to five years, notes Elterman.