Yes, this is another story about how we’re chemical soaked sponges and how modern amenities are slowly eating away at our bodies (and, probably, our souls). But wait! This one has to do with your testosterone levels and hence your manliest, most aggressive tendencies.
According to a recent study, researchers found that BPA—the vital chemical in things like CDs, eyeglasses, and plastic bottles— is showing up in urine and blood samples the world over. The chemical has already been linked to various cardiovascular diseases and diabetes (how pleasant) but researchers have discovered that it substantially raises testosterone levels too.
So what does this mean? Well, research shows that men with raised testosterone levels are 24% more likely to report one or more injuries, 32% more likely to consume five or more drinks in a day, 35% more likely to have had a sexually transmitted infection, and 151% more likely to smoke.
Given that, it’s a stereotype-affirming coincidence that the BPA test done in Italy showed that 98% of the men had alarmingly high amounts of the chemical in their system.