Snippet from the article:
Some men who take the drug finasteride (Propecia) to slow a receding hair line may also find it reduces their interest in drinking alcohol, new research reveals.
Almost two-thirds of the men in the study noticed they were drinking less alcohol than before taking Propecia, said study researcher Dr. Michael Irwig, an endocrinologist and assistant professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine.
But the decrease in drinking seen in the study may not be found in all men who use the popular hair-loss treatment. (A higher dose of finasteride is also prescribed to men for an enlarged prostate, and is sold as Proscar.)
The study, which was aimed at better understanding the drug’s sexual side effects, looked at only younger men, ages 46 and under, who had quit taking the medication for male-pattern hair loss for at least three months, yet continued to experience effects such as a reduced sex drive and erectile dysfunction.
Read the rest — Baldness Drug Curbs Men’s Interest in Alcohol, Study Suggests
The study was of 83 men that claimed to have persistent sexual side effects after stopping finasteride, with 65% of them stating they drank less booze now, 32% stating no change in their drinking, and 3% stating they drank more.
I’m not sure if the study looked into the personal lives of these men to find out if there were other possible reasons for their drinking habits to change (lifestyle or psychological), but the findings were worth posting here. The study is fairly ambiguous about whether alcohol and finasteride are definitively linked, and the article points out that there was no control group. For what it’s worth, I don’t recall any patients ever mentioning a change in alcohol consumption to me.
Past studies by the same researcher, Dr Irwig, have been written about here before.