New research suggests that taking anti-baldness drugs would help men to lose interest in alcohol. It was found that those who take finasteride which is also known as procpecia in order to stop their hairline from receding somehow tend to drink less alcohol after starting the medication. Also it was found that two-thirds of men who take the drugs and develop side effects like low sex drive in fact drink less as a result. This study was carried out at the George Washington University.
It showed that this side effect continues even after the man has stopped taking the medication. Finasteride is the only once-a day pill developed to treat mild to moderate male pattern hair loss.
In a clinical study of 535 men taking the drug, 99 per cent had visible results, growth or no further hair loss after two years. It works by stopping the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which is thought to be the active hormone in hair loss.
Researcher Dr Michael Irwig interviewed 83 healthy men who developed persistent sexual side effects while taking finasteride. He also collected information relating to the men’s medical histories, sexual function, and alcohol consumption before and after taking finasteride. He found that of the 63 men who consumed at least one alcoholic drink per week prior to starting finasteride, 65 per cent noted a decrease in their alcohol consumption even after they stopped taking finasteride.
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