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Sex Problem

After treating 17,000 patients for alcoholism during the past 37 years at Shadel Hospital in Seattle, we have become increasingly aware of male impotence as a serious complication of prolonged heavy drinking.

At least 8% of our male patients have complained of impotence, and in approximately 50% this has persisted even after years of sobriety. Nearly all our patients who complained of impotence still had a strong desire for sex, but, much to their chagrin, were unable to perform.