Not to start the new year on a bad note, but I think the topic of alcohol is a big one every New Year’s Eve! I was a little hesitant at the thought of writing this post, because it’s really hard not to come across as judgmental, but this is an issue I care about. I don’t drink myself, but have been around those who heavily do, and this is an issue close to my heart.
And since this is a beauty blog, I won’t go too deep into the effects of alcohol – I am sure you can research that yourself. Instead, I will write about what it’s doing to you in regards to your outer, physical health and beauty.
How Alcohol Affects Your Looks
I first want to start off with what alcohol and binge drinking does to your body. Studies have proven that sure; a small amount of red wine is beneficial to your heart – but that’s where the advantages end.
I want to quote Jason Vale, a highly successful health and lifestyle coach and the bestselling author of a book my parents keep raving about, The Juice Master Slim for Life: Freedom from the Diet Trap. He paints a very scary picture of what happens when you are intoxicated:
You do not need to quit alcohol altogether in order to have a slim, energy-driven body.
However it is certainly worth looking at this highly-toxic, fat-producing substance with our eyes very much wide open. This can only happen when we are sober for when we are drunk, we really do become totally blind.
Blind to our feelings, blind to our emotions, blind to our behavior, blind to what’s going on around us and totally blind to what we are actually putting into our body – and I don’t simply mean the insulin-robbing, fat-producing alcohol. Alcohol is rarely seen for what it is and we all have this ‘happy-jolly’ image and rarely take a good hard look at what it is doing to us.
But what choice do you have when you are drunk? You’ve lost your normal control, your sugar levels are out of sync, and your body has been stripped of essential fats, vitamins and minerals.
The body now has so much poison going into it that it needs to shut down in order to keep you alive. You are now in a comatose state. The body has such a need to repair itself that even if someone was to pick you up by the feet, swing you around the room and through the window – you still wouldn’t wake up.
The reality is that alcohol kills 40,000 people a year in the UK alone, that’s 100 people a day. Worldwide that figure is about 1 million people.
It batters your liver, kidneys, and pancreas; it dehydrates your body; destroys brain cells and can shrink your brain. It eats away your stomach lining, speeds up the aging process, weakens eyesight and causes impotence, diabetes, and obesity.
It is a highly addictive drug that can and mostly does keep you a slave for life.
— Excerpt, Jason Vale, Slim for Life, Chapter 25, ‘Blind Drunk’, pgs. 209-214.
Scary, no? You can read more diet and life tips from his book The Juice Master Slim for Life: Freedom from the Diet Trap.
Physical Effects of Alcohol and Binge Drinking
And now, for the physical effects alcohol does to your body:
- You skin will gradually lose its healthy skin tone. As you drink, the alcohol dilates the blood vessels in your skin. Worse thing is, they stay that way.
- Your skin will lose its glow and turns dull and sallow. Alcohol deprives your body of Vitamin A, a very powerful anti-oxidant that helps the skin turnover process which generate new skin cells and replace the old ones.
- It could cause skin disorders whose characteristics include redness, flushing, and bumps. People with acne are also more prone to acne rosacea, a skin condition that causes the complexion to look constantly irritated and flushed.
- You much look older than you are. I think this is pretty self-explanatory, but heavy drinking does “age” you. Your complexion will look aged, dull and lifeless. I know a lot of the ‘party animals’ that now look much older than their age.
I’ve since gotten many comments and questions about this post, which is great! I am happy that this has sparked some discussion. Here is more reading to support what I said above:
- Does drinking alcohol affect the skin?
- You Are What You Drink: The Harmful Effects of Alcohol on Your Skin
- What Alcohol Consumption Does to Your Skin
Furthermore, if all that doesn’t at least scare you a bit; what about this:
I was listening to a talk at TEDxOrange Coast by Daniel Amen, MD, physician, psychiatrist; where he was talking about how important the brain “health” was. You can check the video out here; and when you do, you will see how badly alcohol affects your brain. As he puts it bluntly: “Alcohol is directly toxic to brain function”.
I hope this post has given some food for thought, and encourage you that this New Year’s Eve (or whenever), to keep it in moderation and stay healthy and safe. Binge drinking to the point of ruining your health, beautiful face and brain is definitely not a good look.