The endocrine system: alcohol alters critical hormonal balance

Alcohol Health Res World. 1997;21(1):53-64.


Alcohol's effects on the hormonal (i.e., endocrine) system have widespread consequences for virtually the entire body. Alcohol-related hormonal disturbances can result in cardiovascular abnormalities and reproductive deficits in both males and females. Other endocrine problems stemming from excess alcohol consumption include immune dysfunction and bone disease. Researchers are exploring ways of using hormonal mechanisms to help treat alcoholics as well as to identify people predisposed to alcoholism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / metabolism
  • Alcohol Drinking / physiopathology*
  • Animals
  • Endocrine Glands / drug effects*
  • Endocrine Glands / metabolism*
  • Ethanol / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Neurosecretory Systems / drug effects*
  • Neurosecretory Systems / metabolism


  • Ethanol