What does alcohol do to the skin?

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What does alcohol do to the skin?
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Many people believe that drinking a little alcohol in moderation isn't harmful at all and can be relaxing. In fact, many researchers believe that having a little alcohol in moderation offers great health benefits, and is particularly true for older men. Some of the benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation include lower cholesterol and fewer heart attacks in those who drink in moderation than in those who rarely drink at all, Of ourse, women who are either pregnant or considering pregnancy should refrain from drinking at all. Other benefits of drinking in moderation include a reduced risk for sugar diabetes in both men and women. In a recent study, it was discovered that there is a link to drinking moderately and a reduced risk of dementia. The study group included elderly adults between 70 and 80 years of age living in the United States.

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The Benefits of Drinking Alcohol

Many people believe that drinking a little alcohol in moderation isn't harmful at all and can be relaxing. In fact, many researchers believe that having a little alcohol in moderation offers great health benefits, and is particularly true for older men. Some of the benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation include lower cholesterol and fewer heart attacks in those who drink in moderation than in those who rarely drink at all, Of ourse, women who are either pregnant or considering pregnancy should refrain from drinking at all. Other benefits of drinking in moderation include a reduced risk for sugar diabetes in both men and women. In a recent study, it was discovered that there is a link to drinking moderately and a reduced risk of dementia. The study group included elderly adults between 70 and 80 years of age living in the United States.

Drink Responsibly in Moderation
Drink Responsibly in Moderation

What Happens When You Drink Too Much Alcohol?

Drinking alcohol in moderation has some positive health benefits; however, when a person drinks too much there are grave side effects. Some of the side effects include health problems such as liver diseases including hepatitis (inflammation) and cirrhosis (hardening) of the liver. There are also other symptoms such as memory failure, hysterics, failure of intellectual capacity, depression and delusion. In addition, some heavy drinkers experience stomach cancer, bleeding, ulcers, depression, anxiety, moodiness and gastric troubles. When alcohol is consumed irresponsibly, heart failure, infertility and damage to a pregnant woman's baby can result. Drinking too much also leads to malnutrition, inflammation of the pancreas, skin problems and osteoporosis. Obesity is also a consequence due to the high caloric intake of alcohol.

Drinking Too Much Results in Poor, Unhealthy Skin and Overall Poor Health
Drinking Too Much Results in Poor, Unhealthy Skin and Overall Poor Health

What Does Alcohol Do to the Skin?

Alcohol enlarges the blood vessels in the skin each time a person drinks. The blood vessels continue to be enlarged until they lose their quality or tone, and a permanent redness to appear on one's face. If a person suffers from a condition referred to as acne rosacea, drinking too much alcohol irritates this condition. Also, blemishes and blotchy bumps appear on the face. Skin wrinkles can occur after an extended period of alcohol abuse because the water in the body and skin is continually evaporated. This occurs because alcohol is a powerful dehydrating substance. Also, overindulgence of alcohol causes a decrease in the body's level of vitamin A. This is a very important antioxidant vitamin that supports body and skin health.

The Effects of Drinking Too Much Alcohol on Lindsay Lohan's skin
The Effects of Drinking Too Much Alcohol on Lindsay Lohan's skin

Alcohol, the Liver and Skin

Drinking too much alcohol damages the liver, which is the very organ that works to rid the body of alcohol and other toxins. If the liver is damaged, toxins are not properly removed from the body. Toxins remaining inside the body, due to the alcohol abuse, are harmful to the body and eventually damage the skin, manifesting as unhealthy, blotchy, poor looking skin.

Rosea Skin Condition Can be Worsened with Overindulgence of Alcohol
Rosea Skin Condition Can be Worsened with Overindulgence of Alcohol

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