7 Bad Ways Alcohol Affects Your Looks
Seven horrible ways drinking too much alcohol affects the way you look
While the media has linked sipping on a pretty pink cocktail garnished with a lovely fruit accent to a lavish lifestyle, hang on to your drink: it's actually doing more harm than you might think.
Ageing you before time
There's no question that excessive drinking causes your body to become dehydrated. You go out drinking at night and wake up the next morning praying there's a refreshing glass of water next to your bed due to the fact that the alcohol has slowed down the process of an anti-diuretic hormone called vasopressin. This causes your kidneys to work twice as hard to counteract the excess fluid, which then will cause your organs to become dehydrated.
Your skin, which is the largest organ of the body, will start to show when you've been leaving your body severely dehydrated too often. Instead of being soft and hydrated, your skin will begin to look cracked and wrinkled. This will leave others thinking you may be older than you actually are.
Dehydration doesn't only affect your skin, but your hair as well. Cracked, brittle hair will break easier and create split ends. There are different products to combat split ends and dry hair, but what if you knew that drinking too much too often could leave you less hair to try and fix?
Consuming large amounts of alcohol is linked to zinc deficiency, which can cause hair loss. Other contributing factors to hair loss that come from consuming too much alcohol are lower levels of vitamin B and C and higher levels of estrogen,
Consuming alcohol can cause redness in your face, but it isn't because your skin is trying to mimic the pretty pink cocktails. It's a skin condition called rosacea, and, believe it or not, it can cause permanent damage. Not only can your face become red, but the blood vessels in your eyes can become irritated. If that doesn't bother you, maybe this will: bloodshot eyes are just the beginning. Binge drinking can lead to blindness, also known as optic neuropathy or toxic amblyopia.
Three hours into the night and that tight red dress seems like its main focus is your gut. This is because when the body is deprived of fluids and electrolytes, it will then store the water you drink and eat. The more alcohol you drink, the more you'll need to go to the bathroom. You may also notice you're sweating more. When certain fluids aren't replaced, your body compensates by retaining the water it still has. It's not only your gut that will look puffy. Your feet, hands, face, and many other places could be affected.
Liver damage has look-ruining attributes that come along with it — not to mention it is life-threatening. Don't ignore the dark circles under your bloodshot or even slightly yellow eyes, which is actually called jaundice. Skin rashes may also appear on your body. There are many symptoms of liver damage, so don't ignore them, especially if you know you've been drinking too much and not taking care of your body.
That bad odour coming from your body during a long night of drinking: yes, that does have something to do with the alcohol. According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies, 10 percent of alcohol consumed leaves the body unused through your sweat, breath, and urine. Keep that in mind next time you wake up next to someone after a night of drinking. Your body odour could leave a lasting impression.
Alcohol can affect how much sleep you're getting. There are obvious reasons why not getting enough sleep will show in your looks, with your eyes looking tired and lower motivation in the morning to get up, get ready, and look your best. But there are many internal things going on. Sleep deficiency has been linked to obesity. It's also important to get proper rest because while you're sleeping, your body repairs your heart and blood vessels, keeping your immune system strong. All of these things can affect how you're looking and feeling on the outside.
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