By now we all know that alcohol causes our bodies to bloat. That is, after all, how we coined the term “beer belly.” But there are many other ways that alcohol negatively affects your appearance. Wrinkles, puffy face, beer belly, bad breath. These are all things we commonly associate with alcoholism. But alcohol does other things to your body that might actually shock you.
5 Negative Side Effects of Alcohol Regarding Appearance:
1. Facial disfigurement
Have you ever looked in the mirror after having a few beers and notice that your face is red? It happens enough that we all now associate a red face with drunkenness. It usually goes away but the situation gets more serious when that redness is caused by rosacea. Alcohol can trigger rosacea, which is a skin condition that causes redness and sometimes small, red bumps on the face. While alcohol doesn’t cause rosacea, it can easily trigger a rosacea flare-up. Chronic alcohol abuse can cause flare-up after flare-up, which can then lead to visible blood vessels or disfigurement (especially on the nose).
2. Bloodshot eyes and blindness
Alcohol won’t just irritate the blood vessels in your skin. It can also irritate the blood vessels in the surface of your eyes and cause them to enlarge. But if it’s not bad enough that alcohol can cause broken blood vessels and bloodshot eyes, it can also take away your eyesight altogether. Alcohol deprives the body of vitamins A and B1. A B1 deficiency can cause weakness or paralysis of the eye muscles while a vitamin A deficiency can cause retinal damage and blindness.
3. Body odor
Alcohol doesn’t just affect your appearance in ways you can actually see. Your body actually treats alcohol like a toxin and will try to break it down as acetic acid. However, about 10% of the alcohol won’t get metabolized. Your liver processes most of the alcohol that you drink (that’s why many alcoholics develop a liver disease) but the rest will be excreted through urine and sweat. But that sweat is essentially carrying a toxin, according to your body. So you can expect “alcohol sweat” to be worse than that of normal exercise.
4. Dry, brittle hair and hair loss
When you drink, you hydrate, right? Wrong. Not everything you drink will hydrate your body. Most people understand this yet many people forget to keep drinking water when they drink alcohol (hence, the dreaded hangover). Alcohol inhibits your body’s ability to reabsorb water by decreasing its production of anti-diuretic hormone. So, unless you’re simultaneously consuming water, drinking alcohol will dehydrate your body. Long-term abuse of alcohol will cause repeated dehydration, which will be obvious in your hair, skin, and nails. Not only will alcohol abuse and dehydration cause your hair to split and break off, but it can also trigger a zinc deficiency in your body, which can cause your hair to fall out.
5. Grey skin
Speaking of dehydration, skin that is dry from the inside out can actually take on a grey cast. This is because alcohol deprives the body of vitamin A. Long-term alcohol abuse can cause significantly lower levels of vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is crucial for skin renewal. A vitamin A deficiency can cause your skin to take on a dull grey appearance.
Sometimes these negative side effects will require medical attention. However, the best thing you can do to save your smooth skin and glossy hair is to stop drinking. New Start can help treat alcoholism. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 855-737-7363 or through our live chat.