Opossom gets drunk as a skunk in liquor store

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, a Florida liquor store employee found an opossum next to a broken and empty bottle of bourbon. 

One can only assume that it helped itself to the bourbon since it appeared disoriented, was excessively salivating and was pale.

Don't worry though.  It was released unharmed after sobering up in a wildlife rescue center.

Opossums are marsupials like kangaroos and koalas.

But they look pretty darn close to rats.  {shudder}

Which reminded me of a study that showed rats given alcohol resulted in reduced birth weights in the pups and reduced litter sizes. 

Those findings suggest that human baby daddy's alcohol use may affect not only a man’s fertility but also the development of his offspring.

It's pretty easy to convince you, as a woman, to stop drinking when trying to conceive.  Highly recommended by the way.

But men, not so much. 

So here's the lowdown... 

Besides potentially affecting fetal growth, alcohol in men has been shown to lower testosterone and shrink testes which can result in impotence and infertility.

A large study of 1221 healthy young men between the ages of 18-28 found that even modest drinking habits - as little as 5 drinks per week - can negatively affect the amount of sperm produced, the concentration of sperm, and the morphology (shape) of sperm.

As you might expect, the more alcohol a person drinks regularly, the more serious the effects on sperm quality. 

So lay off on the booze when trying to get pregnant.  Especially challenging with the holidays, I know.  

My online GPS (Get Pregnant & Stay pregnant) Fertility program will go into more detail about what you should and should NOT be drinking.  Soberly step your way here -  ZenFertility.com/gps

Julie Chang,
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