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A new research has revealed that some men who take anti-baldness drugs lose interest in alcohol.

Those who take finasteride (also known as Propecia) to stop their hairline receding also tend drink less alcohol after starting the medication.

The research, carried out at the George Washington University, revealed that two thirds of men who take the drug, and who develop side effects such as low s** drive, drink less as a result.

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% had visible results – growth or no further hair loss – after two years.

Men taking finasteride to stop their hairline receding also tend drink less alcohol after starting the medication

Men taking finasteride to stop their hairline receding also tend drink less alcohol after starting the medication

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 s***al side effects while taking finasteride.

He also collected information relating to the men’s medical histories, s***al function, and alcohol consumption before and after taking finasteride.

Of the 63 men who consumed at least one alcoholic drink per week prior to starting finasteride, 65% noted a decrease in their alcohol consumption even after they stopped taking finasteride.

Thirty-two per cent reported no change in their alcohol consumption, and three per cent reported an increase in alcohol consumption.

Live Science reports that many of the men also noted that they had a lower alcohol tolerance after taking the medication, that they felt more anxious after drinking, and that they recovered less quickly from the effects of alcohol.

The researchers do not know why Propecia has this effect upon people’s drinking habits.

However, Dr. Michael Irwig believes that it reduces the brain’s ability to make hormones, called neurosteroids, which are linked to interest in alcohol.

Previous research has also suggested that finasteride can cause permanent, irreversible, impotence.

Dr. Michael Irwig found that finasteride can cause persistent s***al dysfunction, including low s***al desire, erectile dysfunction and problems with orgasms.

These problems, he discovered, often did not resolve themselves when the man stopped taking the drug.


Justin Bieber made the headlines by saying Prince William should take the hair loss drug Propecia to avoid those ever-impending bald patches from worsening.

While it was all harmless joviality, a leading hair transplant surgeon is adamant that Prince William will be completely bald on the top of his head by the time he is 40.

Doctor Asim Shahmalak said that Propecia could halt the royal’s hair loss but it would not restore his lost hair.

Dr. Asim Shahmalak, who runs the Crown Clinic in Manchester said: “He would have to take Propecia for the rest of his life and it would not help him to grow new hair.”

The doctor, who carried out a hair transplant on Dr. Christian Jessen from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, said that Prince William, 30, would be completely bald on the top of his head by the age of 40 if he didn’t take action.

He said: “Prince William has been losing his hair since he was 25. His hair loss is even worse than his father Charles. And obviously his grand-father Philip is bald too.

“That is a strong family gene. There is a strong likelihood that any male child he has with Kate will also have this bald gene – though a further consideration will be hair genes on Kate’s side of the family.

“Prince William has quite fine light brown hair. To restore the hair on the top of his head to a reasonable level of density, he will need at least 3,000 or 4,000 hair grafts where hair is taken from the back of the scalp and moved to the top of the head. This is similar to the treatment which Wayne Rooney had.”

Propecia is the only licensed hair loss tablet in the world which keeps existing hair.

However, because of Propecia side effects, the drug will not be suitable for the Prince at this moment.

Propecia active ingredient is also used to treat BPH (benign prostate hypertrophy).