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!
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?