There's nothing wrong with having a few drinks after work, at a barbecue or in a social setting, but 22 percent of American men binge drink—defined as five or more drinks in two hours—an average of five times a month.

It's well-known that binge drinking is harmful, but there's one aspect most men probably don't consider when they're playing their third game of beer pong: How is this going to affect my penis?

The effects of alcohol in the short term

Most men have heard the term "whiskey dick," whether they've experienced it or listened to a friend relate a failed sexual encounter that they blamed on booze. Luckily, erectile dysfunction (ED) caused by alcohol consumption is a temporary condition that