As someone who has seen how alcohol can ruin lives, this is a topic I get very fired up about. There are many, many things about alcohol that are bad, but right now I want to focus on what it does to your looks, health and body.
Jason Vale, a highly successful health and lifestyle coach and bestselling author (bad book title, but it basically just tells you how to keep your body in tip-top shape), paints a very scary picture of what happens when you are intoxicated:
It is certainly worth looking at [alcohol], 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. 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. 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.
And now, for the physical effects alcohol does to your body:
- Fact: You will look much older than you are. Alcohol ages you greatly in terms of looks, and facial skin is much more thin and delicate than the rest of your body. It dehydrates the skin and causes premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, elasticity, redness, and puffiness (source).
- Skin will lose its glow and turn 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.
- Skin disorders could arise. Binge drinking and over-doing the alcohol can also cause skin disorders whose characteristics include redness, flushing, and bumps.
- If you suffer from acne, you’re more prone to acne rosacea, a skin condition that causes the complexion to look constantly irritated and flushed, when over-drinking.
- Your hair will suffer too. Dehydration will lead to broken, brittle hair; prone to breakage, split ends and general lacklustre-looking hair (source).
- You can gain weight. Some drinks are as much, calorie-wise, as full meals (source)! Pretty self-explanatory on why that would be bad for you. Beer belly, anyone? I remember one summer my friend came to visit – she partied so hard, she put on 10 kgs (22lbs) in just 7 weeks.
- It will shrink your brain. Yep, alcohol has been shown to shrink your brain (source), and it’s even worse for women than men (source).
Now, I’m not trying to scare anyone nor am I trying to “preach” – but I really encourage young girls to stop all the binge drinking. It is doing nothing for your health, your body, and your beautiful face. Having nights out with friends are totally fun, but try to always drink in moderation and remember to stay safe (i.e., don’t drink and drive, and make sure you are with people you trust).