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Alcohol Effects on Your Health and Looks

Alcohol Effects on Your Health and Looks

One of my more popular posts here on Beauty Fool is about smoking and its effects on your looks. In fact, I still get new comments on it even though I wrote it almost a year ago, which is great! In the comments section readers Kelly and Krib both asked about the effects of alcohol as the two normally go hand-in-hand.

I really didn’t want to come across as judgmental so I was a little hesitant at the thought of writing this post. However, when I was in a cab this weekend and passed through a popular ‘hot spot'; only to see a young girl passed out on the ground with vomit all over her, I thought it needed to be talked about. But not only on the physical effects alcohol brings, but also the damage it is doing to your health – especially when you drink to the point where you pass out.

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 the bestselling author of a book my parents keep raving about, The Juice Master Slim for Life: Freedom from the Diet Trap. He paints a very scary picture of what happens when you are intoxicated:

You do not need to quit alcohol altogether in order to have a slim, energy-driven body.

However it is certainly worth looking at 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.

— Excerpt, Jason Vale, Slim for Life, Chapter 25, ‘Blind Drunk’, pgs. 209-214.

Scary, no? You can read more diet and life tips from his book The Juice Master Slim for Life: Freedom from the Diet Trap. My doctor and parents recommends it!

Alcohol Effects on Your Health and Looks

Physical Effects of Alcohol and Binge Drinking

And now, for the physical effects alcohol does to your body:

  • You skin will gradually lose its healthy skin tone. As you drink, the alcohol dilates the blood vessels in your skin. Worse thing is, they stay that way.
  • Your skin will lose its glow and turns 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.
  • Could cause skin disorders whose characteristics include redness, flushing, and bumps. People with acne are also more prone to acne rosacea, a skin condition that causes the complexion to look constantly irritated and flushed.
  • You much look older than you are. A lot of the ‘party animals’ I know look a good 10-15 years older than their age. I am not even exaggerating.  Their complexion looks aged, dull and lifeless. Worse of all, a lot of them think they can ‘detox’ for a month to turn back the clock, but what is the point if they’d just go back to what they were doing before?

Furthermore, if all that doesn’t at least scare you a bit; what about this: I was listening to a talk at TEDxOrange Coast by Daniel Amen, MD, physician, psychiatrist; where he was talking about how important the brain “health” was. You can check the video out here; and when you do, you will see how badly alcohol affects your brain. As he says “Alcohol is directly toxic to brain function”… so yeah, not a good look.

So, some pretty hard stuff to swallow, huh? I hope this post has given you some idea of what alcohol is really doing to yourself – inside and out. Does anyone have any thoughts on this issue?

{ 49 comments… add one }

  • Filip Holm August 31, 2009, 12:42 am

    This is why I encourage people to stop drinking on weekdays. If you must drink then save it for weekends. Consuming alcohol on a daily basis AND binge drinking on the weekends has a disastrous effect on your body, especially your liver.

  • Krib August 31, 2009, 2:06 am

    Seriously, does anyone feel good when intoxicated ? In highschool, there were these binge drinking parties where the goal was to get the more intoxicated possible. It was considered not fun if you were not. But I just think it was pathetic…plus, I have nausea and a feeling of being on a boat when I drink too much. So, I will just take an orange juice please ^^

    • Renee September 1, 2009, 1:09 am

      It is pathetic, isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I like hanging out with my friends in the pub, but you always see a group who think they are so ‘cool’ and having drinking contests, being drunk and obnoxious. And then you see them pass out or vomit one by one. I feel sorry for them, they need to grow up a little :(

  • Diggy - Upgradereality.com August 31, 2009, 4:14 am

    Hey Renee!

    Let’s go out and party and get drunk :P

    Haha, just kidding. I like how you adress all the issues of health and diet and relate it to beauty. It’s true of course, you are what you eat, and if you eat unhealthy you look unhealthy.

    I really don’t like to drink much, Maybe one or two when I go out once a week but that’s it.
    It’s more fun being in control, and like you say, the effects on the body are pretty harsh :)

    Thanks for sharing.
    Stay beautiful you gorgeous girl :)

    • Renee September 1, 2009, 1:05 am

      Diggy, yes to party, but no to getting drunk :-P

      Haha but thanks Diggy, glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Kaye August 31, 2009, 12:46 pm

    I so agree with the aging part. Have you seen Lindsay Lohan these days? The girl is younger than I am, but she looks like she’s as old as her mom. I’m all for partying once in a while, but every day? Moderation is always the key :)

    • Renee September 1, 2009, 1:02 am

      Oh yes, agree with you on Lindsay. I remember thinking that ages ago! And yep, moderation all the way!

      • Alexandra April 29, 2014, 5:37 am

        What will happen to the person if they are taking a couple sips of alcohol- say Smirnoff ice, every evening? Worried about a friend.

  • Krib September 1, 2009, 1:40 am

    Another reason why I hate when people get so drunk they vomit on your parquet floor is because you have to clean up after them and after doing that, you’re not in the mood to party anymore :( I had a friend who got ill after taking an illegal thing at a party. I spend the night at the bathroom door, asking her if she was better. It was quite frightening to see her like this. Worst party ever ! So, i could not agree more about the moderation part ^^

    I know, I commented twice but I feel concerned about these issues, ’cause I know some people who have addictions, and it’s awful. It began like that : parties almost night, then drinking/ taking drugs alone..That’s why I think teens should be more careful :/

    • Renee September 1, 2009, 1:52 am

      No problem at all Krib, I love your comments and our discussions! This too is a topic I am concerned about and very passionate to speak about. Here it seems if you are not at a club on the weekend getting drunk you are a ‘loser’. So, I guess I’m a loser! I know what you mean about addictions, I feel like a few people who I really care about are at the beginning of addictions, I feel very helpless on what to do :( So I hoped that this post might ‘wake up’ some people on what they are doing with their bodies and their health.

      I have many, many stories that have to do with drinking: one friend got alcohol poisoning. Another friend had to have his stomach pumped in the hospital. All the crazy things they confess when they are drunk. All the bar fights, screaming, yelling. It’s just so insane! My friend’s stepfather had a stroke recently thanks to his drinking and bad diet. He is like a vegetable now, it is very depressing to see. Another of my friend has an alcoholic father and you have no idea what it does to the family. I am really worried about a few of my friends, they drink every single day. It is really, really awful, binge drinking and constantly getting drunk. :(

  • Krib September 1, 2009, 2:06 am

    Sad stories :( Unfortunately, I know what it does to a family :( In these cases, it’s really helpful to talk about it to somebody who is not part of the family : a psy, a friend..For me, it was a friend. It’s hard for me to talk about it, but she’s been a great help when it was too hard to bear. I frankly think that our friendship kept me alive. I’ve seen how it’s hard to stop the habit, all the relapses, all the days where you’re spying this person to make sure she doesn’t drink. So, the best thing to do is to stay away from binge drinking because if you get alcoholic, you’ll struggle all your life against it..This is why I choose a boyfriend which is so sober ^^ With him, I know I won’t be living in the fear anymore ! i hope your friends will understand before it’s too late. Being alive is too beautiful to waste it !

    Yes I’m gonna break the record of the longest comment ^^

    • Renee September 1, 2009, 2:29 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Krib. It seems like you’ve been through a lot – and I applaud you for turning your life around – you are an inspiration! If you ever need to talk to someone – about absolutely anything – you can always send me an email, please don’t think of me as a stranger!

      Unfortunately, for some, they only realize when it’s too late. Sometimes they don’t want to hear it from anyone (me!) and they need to experience it before they realize. I know someone who hears all the drug stories from his friend and he tells me all the drugs he wants to do – almost gave me a heart attack! For now, once in a while I say something and I keep an eye out for them and let them know I am always there for them. Other than that, I can’t do much. :(

      Everyone goes through something in the life – but at the end I totally agree. Being alive is wonderful, and life really is beautiful. And no I think I broke the record for longest comment now! :-P

  • Krib September 1, 2009, 2:51 am

    Thanks, it’s so sweet of you :$ By the way, i made a mistake, it’s ‘to make sure HE doesn’t drink’. I used to be shameful because of him but I realized that he is the only one who should be, and that I’m not responsible of how he is. We can’t save people who don’t want to be saved :/
    About your friends, I understand what you mean. Some people feel the need to experience things themselves, even though they know it’s risky. Somebody tell me one day he felt more alive when he does something that could provoke his death. I know, it’s a strange (and destructive) way of thinking !

    • Renee September 1, 2009, 9:53 pm

      That is a really destructive way of thinking, that’s crazy! He could be trying many dangerous things and then one day, eventually, something will go wrong. I’m all for enjoying life – but not when it actually risks your life! :(

      By the way, I’m so glad you added an avatar! It’s so nice to caught a glimpse of what you look like, I’m always so curious as to who I’m talking to :-P You have beautiful eyes and your eye makeup is perfect, you are not a beauty fool for sure ;)

  • abdul November 22, 2009, 5:08 pm

    Hey everyone,

    I know i haven’t created an avatar but this topic is SO INTERESTING

    I have been looking up stuff on the internet about drinking alcohol and how it damages the body, and ya it is very lethal.

    I wanted to know if the blood vessels can be reduced back to their normal size after dilation from alcohol. I want to try and drink alcohol. It would be my first time.

    Does one drink (very first one) have any dangerous effect. Or does it not damage the body?

    • Renee November 23, 2009, 12:34 am

      Hey Abdul

      No worries about the avatar!

      No, I don’t think having one drink will do anything harmful at all – it is said that small amount of alcohol (like wine) is good for you. The effects that I wrote about here are those who binge drink, drink to the point of being drunk, or worse, passing out. Getting drunk regularly will definitely be extremely harmful to your body and not to mention your looks! However, a drink now and again won’t do you any harm if you do not get drunk, and keep it to small amounts. Here’s a site I found that says it all, including the recommended units of alcohol:


      Hope I helped, let me know :)

  • Danielle December 1, 2009, 5:25 am

    I for one think that Renee is absolutely right and I agree completely. This is even more relevant in my case as I am a diabetic as well. I have seen a few of my friends with the same condition as I have go out and get very drunk most weekends and this always leads to a hospital visit. This combination can be lethal and I think that raising awareness about this from any point of view.

    • Renee December 2, 2009, 12:28 am

      Hey Danielle, thanks for your comment! It is lethal in some cases and it is right to spread awareness – for now all I see against binge drinking are campaigns in Australia. The only anti-drinking campaigns I see now a days are only for drunk driving, sadly :(

  • Cassandra December 10, 2009, 5:32 am

    I realized something when I’ve woken up after a night of drinking: every pimple on my face is dried up! Sounds good to me!

    • Renee December 11, 2009, 1:10 am

      Oh no no! That should show how much it is dehydrating your skin :( Pimple cream always works! :-P

  • renisha June 15, 2010, 9:36 pm

    hi there thanks for the advice it is really usefull i am doing an assignment and i didnt know about these points thanks so much.

    • Vee March 15, 2014, 8:17 am

      Hello all!
      My sister just passed away 5 weeks ago from yhe effects of alcohol use. She was older than most of you here (51) but she loved drinking. She was addicted. Drinking made her blood pressure high often. One night at the E.R. the doc said her bp was 201/100. Two weeks before she died it was 220/120. She was ill. They sent her ho.e with a few pills to bring down her pressure. She continued to drink for days more. One night she went to bed and didntget back up. I miss the hell out of my sister. I would like to say to everyone that alcohol is a drug and it can be fatal in so many ways..either to the person who may be drinking or to others that fall in the path of the person doing so. Please gey educated on he effects of drinking.


  • CJ November 3, 2010, 4:56 am

    Hey there! I really agree to your post because I have a friend who really loves to drink. She’ll invite my classmates to drink right after class because she’s happy, sometimes because she’s sad, she failed the exam or something, and sometimes there’s just no reasons at all. Then one day I noticed something wrong about her face. She looked like a mother of three! And her skin was soooo dry….She’s getting bigger everytime we meet which I thought is not normal to her. And the only reason I can think of why is it happening to her is because of her addiction to the beer. Is it possible? Does beer can really cause a bigger belly?

  • Tin-Man January 9, 2011, 3:12 am

    Alcohol does do alot of damage to the body obviously and I have alot of fun when I’m drinking xD
    It usually turns an other-wise boring day into something fun, it’s something to do and usually makes me feel good when I’m with friends. Alcohol isn’t exactly my drug of choice but when I’ve got nothing better It’ll do and just as alcohol damages the body there are of course proper dieting methods to heal your body wich alot of the time is designed to take what you throw at it as long as you give it what it needs. I take care of myself and am not a frequent abuser but once you’ve got an apartment full of drunken karmel dancers you know everyones having a good time xD Something weird I’ve noticed about alcohol though is that I know it’s got alot of worthless calories and can make me gain weight but for some reason the day after I get much slimer and was wondering if anyone here knew why?

  • suraj bhandari January 18, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Hi Renee, i am suraj, 30 and i belong to jaipur in india, firstly i appreciate you for this kind of work. i drink 2 beer daily but i want to leave it because i realize that ” Alcohol is obstacle in your progress ” and Alcohol does damage to the body obviously as well as beauty that is why dont be” fool” be “beautyfool”

  • denise January 22, 2011, 7:52 pm

    WISE girl u r……..

  • Kathryn March 1, 2011, 5:55 pm

    This is all so true, and really quite scary! I basically quit drinking all together over a year ago now (apart from a glass of wine on Christmas day, and occasionally having a sip of my boyfriends beer… : ] .) And I honestly don’t miss it at all! Like you when I go out I stick to the water, and can go home knowing I won’t wake up with a hangover in the morning!
    [Plus if I am going to ‘waste’ calories on anything – it’s going to be chocolate :) ]

    LOVE this post!!!!

    Kathryn Xxxx

  • katie March 3, 2011, 12:19 am

    i stopped drinking beer because it made my stomach fat. i didn’t even drink a lot, i’d just have a few on the weekends. About 2 weeks after i stopped drinking beer my stomach went back to its normal self. If i do drink I go for cranberry with vodka =)

  • Tony May 13, 2011, 9:02 pm

    I am dateing a woman who is 46 years old and drinks 2 bottles of whisky on a weekend and still has a few drinks during the week, what i would like is a photo of a woman would like if drank so much at her age and what she would look like in 2 years time. I love and care for her,

  • Will August 6, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Oh, and eating processed food is doing your body good? Polluted atmosphere making you feel ill? You could be killed driving to work today. Relax. Yes, alcohol does damage. But what doesn’t?

  • Mariana January 3, 2012, 3:54 am

    Great post! I just commented on your healthy eating post and saw this in the recommended section below. I must admit that I was one of those party animal girls drinking into oblivion until recently I woke up and said “this is enough”..I’m not benefiting from this in any way, shape, or form. I have cut back my drinking a lot and am now cutting it out totally for the month of January and after that have a goal to save my drinking for weekends only(if that), with a 3 drink maximum. Like you said damage done is irreversible but I also believe better late than never and I’m glad to have taken the responsibility to start caring more about what I put into my body, many young people fail to ever snap out of that party phase once they’re too far in. Any who, now that you know my life story (haha) thanks again! :)

  • France Lain February 14, 2012, 3:19 am

    Drinking 3 time a week can that aged me i’m 34 year old

  • prem patel April 7, 2012, 4:04 pm

    is there any alchohol that increases my skin glow?

  • rose fitzwater June 19, 2012, 5:43 pm

    hey so i have never had a drink and i am 21, but me and my fiance are just now talking about having a causal drink every once in a while… am i wrong to be scared about what it will do to our bodies even if we only drink once in a while?

  • Nathan July 25, 2012, 12:15 pm

    To the poster of this article. I appreciate your concern about drinking alcohol, as it does have risks. However I feel a great deal of the information contained here is greatly over exaggerated. Also most of what Jason Vale has said is mostly fear mongering rhetoric. There is no provided proof or evidence for the exaggerated claims.

    People, do not take what you have read here at face value. People have been drinking alcohol for thousands of years. The reader has been provided no evidence, no studies to support their position at all just scary outlandish claims that alcohol is a poison. She refers to an authority, a Jason Vale, as if his claims are to be taken at face value. However his statements are still subject to your questioning and should not be believed until proven with evidence.


    Dont just take this poster’s fear mongering words at face value.

    Dont drink way too much in one sitting.

    Drink a lot of water to rehydrate after drinking alcohol. Also putting Emergene-C into some of the water will help deal with the vitamin C.

    Eat healthy and take a muti-vitamin, this will help negate the deficientcies alcohol causes. Fats and proteins will soak up the alcohol also, eat this after you are done.

    Dont get drunk near a running buzz saw or on top of a tall building. Use common freakin sense.

    Worried about the calories from alcohol? Dont eat as many during the day to fill the calorie whole with calories form the alcohol.

    Beer contains hops and other empty calorie things. This is why people say beer-belly. Just have some hard liqure such as vodka, tequilla, or whiskey. Less calories, more buzz.
    Now as for the aging/skin things I am not educated on it. To me this does not matter as much mainly because I am a guy.

    Again, research this stuff for yourself, don believe someone just because you think they know better than you. If their claims are not supported by evidence, then they are probably wrong.

    • Renee July 29, 2012, 9:24 pm

      Hey Nathan, thanks for your comment. I won’t comment on everything you’ve said as you seem pretty dead set on your opinion. However, with regards on my post just saying that I took “a Jason Vale” quote and just base it over that, I would have to disagree. You can ask anyone in the medical field and they will all tell you alcohol is toxic to your health… like you said, research on Google on the effects of alcohol… it is poison, and that’s a fact. The evidence is everywhere, I’m not just making this up for a blog post. I just chose that quote from Mr. Vale as I liked how simple and straight-to-the point he put it.

      Also, I think all the “detoxing” or whatever water and Vitamin C you pump your body with after alcohol is pointless if you’re just gonna go put that poison back into your body the next weekend.

  • Victoria September 5, 2012, 4:02 pm

    I would like to respond to the the above post by Nathan. You have said that the claims made are unsupported by medical evidence. However, the definition for posion is :” A substance that, on ingestion, inhalation, absorption, application, injection, or development within the body, in relatively small amounts, may cause structural or functional disturbance. Called also toxin and venom. adj., adj poisonous”.

    Alchohol is a posion that is why people say you are intoxicated, the reason why is you become mentally and physically impaired and your body tries to excrete the substance as quickly as possibly from your body on consuming large amounts.

    Do you remember your first drink or drinks? Di d it taste disgusting? it’s supposed to because it’s your body telling you that it’s posion and harmful…..If you decide that you can tolerate the taste for a multitude of reasons: peer or media pressure or use it as a way to boost confidence etc then yes, you gradually build up a tolerance to it. How many people have vomitted after drining very small amounts at the beginning and many times after when consuming alchohol? Again because you’re body doesn’t want it or need it. Just because it’s been around for a very long time and is legal does not mean it is any less harmful than taking any other kind of poision…..simply just start small and build your tolerance to it and using your arguement as long as it deludes you into believing you are benefiting from this, you can always counteract the negative aspects with water and vitamins not to mention a crazy amount of control and thinking about how, when and why you will drink “your poision”. Why not try arsenic or straight ethanol with your mixer of choice…..you wouldn’t right? Cause that would be crazy!

    Cutting calories and thus essentail nutrients from your diet in order to save them up for drinking alchohol is the oppossite to what you have said about taking vitamins, you will just be depleting the nutrients in your body more and causing worse damage.

    Deep down you know it’s bad for you that is why so many people go out of their way to say they can handle it and spend an extraordinary amount of time in one way or another trying to control their intake.

    Common sense really goes out the window when you mix it with alchohol because it’s addictive, you just want to feed more of the stuff into your body and because as stated earlier it’s a poision it impairs your judgement…..just look at people who drink drive or commit crimes under the influence or become promiscious after a few. It lowers your defences and thus your ability to make good decisons and exercise control.

    You say don’t believe anything that is not supported by evidence……in your own words use common sense…..well that is all I am using and I am not a medical doctor. However, I can talk from experience. I have drank since I was 16 to feel more grown up, I drank to have fun, socialise, be more confident, I drank to wind down after a stressful day, I drank to forget, I drank to sleep, I drank because I had hangovers…..I just drank because alchohol is addictive and I fooled myself to believe that “it’s okay I don’t have a problem, I am highly educated to PhD level, I hold down a job, I have good relationships, I only drink wine after work and drink on weekends “socially”. However, it creeps up on you and without exerting a huge amount of time and effort not to drink i.e when your driving, when you have work to do the next day it make you really sad as you think you can’t have fun or be a fun person or relax etc. To cut this rather long story short (sorry for going on) It got out of control i’m 34 years old, I couldn’t go an evening wthout wine, before no bother but I lied to myself to believe that what I was doing was “good for me” because that is what you are led to believe….alchohol cures a multitude of sins! All it did was…..make me overemotional, unable to deal with stress, manage my own thoughts and feelings, isolate me mentally, not to mention disturbed sleep and hangovers….who wants to wake every morning with regrets and feeling like they have a elephants and hippos charging around their head while at the same time feeling like your stomach is on the highest spin cycle? My skin is a mess, I have broken blood vessels and inflammed skin, my hair, skin and nails are damaged. If this is what it’s done to the outside I’d hate to see the inside. I would like to say that I have stopped drinking for a long while now and only because I saw common sense and didn’t wan’t to be sucked further into the bottle that essentailly ruled my life.

    My advice would be to anyone considering drinking or currently drinking listen to your body and your own mind they know what’s good for you and not anyone else. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right or healthy…..why do you think they always say “come on, have a drink, do you want another etc? The reasoning is they would be embarrassed to be under the influence in front of someone who is not and they would be comfronted by the stark, horrible reality of drinking and no one wants a good dose of reality or real life, when they can block it out of their minds. This is called group mentality and on an enormous scale.

    You have one chance in life, don’t let it go by in a haze of drunkness and hangovers. Life is too short not to remember everyday : )

    • Renee October 9, 2012, 9:27 pm

      Hi Victoria, thank you for your comment and sharing your story with us, I really appreciate it. I so love your last paragraph and agree 100% – life is so good, why waste is on drunken nights (which you can never remember afterward!) and hangovers!

      Wish you all the best!
      x Renee

  • darius December 20, 2012, 4:33 pm

    I do drink alot all most 3/4 tims a week and i have being drinnking
    for the past 15 years .. if i didn‘t drink alcohole all those years ,
    of my life , i would have being the guy with most cash in southwest
    but apart from that i lost my look becaus of it..

  • Aaron January 2, 2013, 1:34 am

    We all vary in our physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substances.
    Alcohol can be drunk in many different ways, and has varied levels of acceptance in different cultures.

    In my reasoned opinion we must all know our self’s, (no one can better) and know if its time to say no more booze or not.
    Knowing when to stop is as hard as stopping itself.

    Good luck to anyone who feels Alcohol is controlling them. I hope you can make it.

  • Rhapsody January 2, 2013, 9:41 am

    I take excellent care of my skin, always use a sun block, and I don’t smoke or drink. People are always asking me why I look so young – it’s because I notice all the time how much older people who drink appear to be. My parents were both smokers and drinkers and looked decades older than their ages. Thinking I was genetically doomed, I took great care of my skin, but I think my parents’ aged appearance was because of their bad habits. There are actors who over a period of 10 years will age much more (Tom Hanks seems like this to me), and I wonder if it’s from drinking and/or smoking. Their eyelids become bloated, their skin sallow and lifeless.

  • Veronica king February 24, 2013, 10:15 am

    My husband been drinking a bottle of wine and two beers a day, and he does not eat very well. He tells me he is depressed because he is disabled and can not work for his family. I think that alcohol runs on his dad side of the family he has been drinking since he was 16 and he been on drugs before i met him, I think that he is using that as a excuse. I can’t live with this man and raise four of my children all by myself. My kids really want him to stop drinking.

  • Gail March 2, 2013, 4:02 am

    My sister died three weeks ago from alcoholism. The alcohol destroyed her looks as well as her liver, pancreas. It damaged her brain as well. While her family kept vigil at her bedside in the hospital slowly and helplessly watching her die, her alcoholic husband died alone at home from a GI bleed. Nothing pleasant about either death. Think twice about taking that next drink. I sure do after seeing what it did to my sister. Alcohol killed her and stole her from me.

    • Renee March 3, 2013, 9:20 pm

      Oh Gail I am so sorry for your loss. :( I felt so sad reading your comment, but I am glad you wrote it – alcoholism is horrible and it’s time people seriously “wake up”. I see young girls passed out on the side of the road on weekend nights here and it’s depressing. Thinking of you and your family. xx

  • Jenn M March 18, 2013, 9:40 pm

    Wow everyone.. What an eye opener this conversation is. I am 34 years old. I drink everyday. Over the past several years, I have put on about 45 pounds… mostly in my mid section. My skin looks dull and bumpy. I feel tired all the time. None of my cute clothes fit, because I weigh much more than I should. I obvioulsy drink too much and am now realizing that I do. It’s pretty scary to read about parents deaths from alcoholism. Thank you everyone who has posted here for me to read and wake up to the dangerous road I am heading down. It’s time to make some serious changes in my life. THANK YOU!!!

  • tammy June 7, 2013, 12:53 am

    I’m sure this author means well, but what a discouraging, untrue bunch of junk! I’m 42 and drank very very heavily for 15 years, I gained 40 lbs, my skin looked awful, blotchy, spider veins, puffy, dark circles under my eyes, my hair was brittle and fuzzy, I looked mu ch older than I was also. I spent 33 days in rehab and came out 21 lbs lighter, glowing, healthy and looking about 30 years old! Your looks and health definitely come back, it is not lost which is why rehabs take a before and after picture. Duh. I still see some of the people I was in rehab with and they look incredible. Barely recognizable from how they looked when first entering rehab. I have no idea why the author of this article would say these things are irreversible. Its doing people an extreme disservice. Its not true! Don’t give up guys!

    • Renee July 12, 2013, 9:48 pm

      Hi Tammy,

      I would like to congratulate you on your success! However, I would just like to say that I did not once in this post say that your looks are ruined for life, etc. You look as great as you do because you have stopped drinking and changed your life around, which is great! What this post was meant to share was is what will happen if young girls (and guys) “keep up” with this party lifestyle… eventually, their looks (not to mention health) will start going downhill. What I am hoping from this article was for them to really think about what they are doing to their bodies and health, and hopefully make them stop.

      I also think, however, you might be one of the “lucky” ones – some ex smokers and drinkers still have to live with some physical effects of their past lifestyles. (I know an ex smoker who has a lot of pre-mature wrinkles from smoking that can’t go away; but also know someone who stopped smoking and looked fantastic again). It’s different for everyone, I guess!

      Anyway, thanks for your comment and sharing your story!

      x Renee

  • Mark The Dark January 31, 2014, 10:13 am

    U R Hawt!!!
    Wanna go out for a drink…..of Carrot Juice?
    Keep up the good work!

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