How alcohol affects your appearance
Over indulging in alcohol can affect the way you look the next day – and in the future...
We'll say it fast to be kind, but alcohol is fattening. In fact, a pint of 4% beer or two double gin and tonics equals around one burger! You can use MyDrinkaware to find out how many calories there are in your favourite drinks and what the equivalent of those calories are in junk food. It will also help you keep track of what you're drinking over time and set yourself goals for cutting back so you're drinking within the government's daily unit guidelines.
Alcohol and your skin
Alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including the skin – your body's largest organ. This happens every time you drink. Drinking too much is also thought to deprive the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients. Over time, drinking heavily can have other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin. Rosacea, a skin disorder that starts with a tendency to blush and flush easily and can eventually lead to facial disfigurement, is linked to alcohol.
Beat the bloat
Alcohol can also cause your face to look bloated and puffy. You might find it bloats your stomach too. And then there's the cellulite; many believe the toxins in alcohol contribute to its build up.
Spots and smells
Sorry, there's more. Hungover people don't smell too good either; the liver processes most of the alcohol you drink, but some of it leaves the body straight through your breath, sweat and urine.
If you didn't manage to take your make-up off, you'll be more prone to spots too. Never mind your glassy, bloodshot eyes.
Why not cut down on alcohol and help preserve those good looks?
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Page updated: May 2013
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