As someone who has seen how alcohol can ruin lives, this is a topic I get very fired up about – especially when I see yet another girl passed out on the road covered in puke on a Friday night.
However, I know drinking is a part of society today, and I don’t see a problem with it if it’s in moderation – and definitely not getting to the point of passing out. 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.
First, the health and body effects of alcohol
I first want to start off with what alcohol and binge drinking does to your body. Studies have proven that yes, 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 bestselling author (bad book title, but it basically just tells you how to keep your body in tip-top shape).
He 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.
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.
Next, how binge drinking affects your looks…
And now, for the physical effects alcohol does to your body:
- Facially, you will look much older than you are. It’s a fact that 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). In other words, your skin will gradually lose its healthy skin tone, and I can personal vouch for this – I know a lot of women who look a good 10-15 years older because of this.
- 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). This scares me the most!
Over to you
Now, I’m not trying to scare anyone out of ever drinking nor am I trying to preach – but I really encourage young girls to stop all the binge drinking and hard partying. It is doing nothing for your health, your body, and your beautiful face. Having a night out with friends and having drinks is totally cool (and fun!) – but just don’t over do it. Now that you know what alcohol is really doing to you, 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).