The study, published in Andrology on Wednesday and conducted at Italian fertility clinic, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, in Milan, concludes that men who consume four to seven units of alcohol per week have better quality semen than those who drink fewer than three units of alcohol per week.
A unit of alcohol is equivalent to 125 ml (4 oz) of wine, 330 ml (11.2 oz) of beer, or 30 ml (1 oz) of liquor. (Not bad!)
Of the 323 male patients observed in the study, those who drank in the moderate range had higher semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count.
Dr. Elena Ricci of the Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, lead author of the study, says that men at the clinic are “counseled to limit but not avoid alcohol.” (Best doctor ever!)
Of course, this doesn’t mean the more men drink, the more fertile they’ll become. Another study in 2014 found drinking two pints a day reduces sperm count by a third, and that even modest alcohol consumption can reduce sperm quality, thedrinksbusiness.com reports.