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Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

$2.1 billion. That’s how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that’s just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion.

Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who doesn’t, right? This industry continues to grow every year as we seek the best-kept secrets to staying young.

The Damage of Drinking

So, who’s the fairest of them all? According to research, it’s not those who consume a lot of alcohol. In fact, limiting our alcohol intake could be one of those secrets we’ve been searching for. How? Alcohol accelerates the aging process. When drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, we speed toward wrinkles. Reducing our alcohol consumption can help us avoid the following alcohol aging effects.

  • Wrinkled Skin Most of us know that alcohol dehydrates our bodies. But did you realize this dehydration wrinkles our skin? When we’re dehydrated, our skin is dry from the inside out. This makes it wrinkle more quickly. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, which continue to grow deeper with time. Alcohol also depletes our bodies of vitamin A, which plays an important role in keeping our skin firm and youthful.
  • Aging Eyes Alcohol can cause premature aging to our eyes. Drinking causes irritation of the blood vessels in our eyes. This is why heavy drinking often results in bloodshot eyes. Over time, excessive drinking repeatedly robs your body of the nutrients it needs for eye health. This can impair eyesight, which leads to the need for glasses or other corrective appliances.
  • Spider Veins So, the stereotype of the wino with the big red nose? It actually has some basis in fact. Alcohol widens blood vessels, causing redness in the face. Usually, this redness and puffiness goes away a few hours or a day after drinking. However, consistent overconsumption of alcohol can create permanent red, spidery veins on the face. Combined with the wrinkles the alcohol is also causing, this leads to premature aging.
  • Hair Loss The dehydration our bodies undergo as a result of alcohol intake also affects our hair. This dryness makes the hair weak and brittle, causes split ends, and gives a dull look to locks. Not only that, but drinking large amounts of alcohol can deplete our bodies of zinc. What happens when we experience zinc deficiency? Hair loss. Too much alcohol and you may look like grandpa long before your time.

Where to Get Help for Alcohol Misuse

If you or a loved one thinks they may have a problem with drinking, help is available and recovery is possible. Drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs can help anyone battling addiction develop the tools needed to cope with life’s stressors without the use of substances. To speak with a caring American Addiction Centers (AAC) representative, please contact us free at . You can also check your health insurance coverage using the form below or contact free drug and alcohol hotline numbers.

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