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What are the effects of Alcohol drinking on the skin. Does it damage the skin and if it does can the damage from alcohol consumption be reversed?
 

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Alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin's surface. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating a flushed appearance and broken vessels on the skinâ€2122s surface.

Yes, I'd say it can be reversed by stopping or severely limiting drinking.
Proper skin care and antioxidants will help also.

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Thanks Periwinkle that was helpful.

But that's it I'm surprised, that actually doesn't sound too bad. I was thinking perhaps that too much alcohol consumption will deplete your body of nutrients. This depletion of nutrients as well as the dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin's surface, contributes to aging skin. Which I would assume include fine lines, wrinkles, rough dry skin, and loss of glow. But I'm not sure.

I would like to see some pictures of people who drink in comparison to people who do not drink. I have seen a lot of my friends, and my brother, look years older in a small amount of time due to drinking, if its caused by drinking. I also not sure if that is how they look permanently now, or if their skin will improve once they stop drinking.
 

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Thanks. But I keep searching on the net. All I find is information that states that alcohol itself will not age you but that what you eat while your drunk will, and that information just seems wrong to me.
 

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drinking alcohol can damage brain cells, cause cirrohsis of the liver and age a person if they drink to excess. i know this because i am old and i see my friends that have drank a lot over the years and they are looking twice their age. smoking causes skin to age too. it is so sad to see your friends dying from stupid habits that shouldn't have been started in the first place.
 

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Yeah, It is sad to see what they are doing to themselves. I used to drink last year, and I can swear my skin looks worse because of it, and It is something I regret because I only drank to be around them. Anyways, I hope I can stop them before they make things worse, if possible.
 

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Alcohol has a diuretic effect on the body in general - it hastens the elimination of water. I would think that this would rob the skin of needed hydration.
 

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I agree with all the above excellent info.

In addition, I think that ppl who drink to excess and generally aren't health conscious, don't take care of their skin as well as those who are proactive about their health. Hard to avoid that 2nd-hand smoke sitting on a barstool, too. OOPs! I guess we aren't allowed to light up anymore inside tho. But you get the idea.



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I agree with all the above excellent info.

In addition, I think that ppl who drink to excess and generally aren't health conscious, don't take care of their skin as well as those who are proactive about their health. Hard to avoid that 2nd-hand smoke sitting on a barstool, too. OOPs! I guess we aren't allowed to light up anymore inside tho. But you get the idea.
I drink alcohol and to compensate for the fact that I do, I am otherwise very health conscious and I speak for a lot of people. I eat bad stuff in moderation, watch my salt intake, never, ever smoked, workout regularly and in general seem to think I take good care of myself. Its all about moderation and living a healthy lifestyle overall. Having a few drinks a week does not mean "unhealthy".

Woudl I have better looking skin and less blothy areas and broken capillaries without the alcohol? Probably.
 

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A healthy lifestyle overall makes a big difference in what effect alcohol and smoking will have on skin. I was vegetarian and health conscious during the seven years that my marriage lasted, and then completely forgot all about taking care of myself during the divorce (almost three years), and am now back to being health conscious, and my skin still looks very good. There are other factors that contribute, the amount of time the person has engaged in healthfully offensive behaviour, the amount of the behaviour (are they drinking bottles of vodka every night, or is it one or two drinks every few days?), and what their overall health and lifestyle were like before the behaviour started, not to mention genetic predisposition.
Even on my worst days, partying all night, no sleep, drinking, smoking, etc. I still ate healthy foods, I took my vitamins, drank tons of water to flush my system after nights like that, but honestly, I would wake up, down advil and water and breakfast, recover by afternoon, and be gone all night again the following night... it all depends on what your individual body can handle. My friends who were doing the same things couldn't handle it like I could...
 

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A healthy lifestyle overall makes a big difference in what effect alcohol and smoking will have on skin. I was vegetarian and health conscious during the seven years that my marriage lasted, and then completely forgot all about taking care of myself during the divorce (almost three years), and am now back to being health conscious, and my skin still looks very good. There are other factors that contribute, the amount of time the person has engaged in healthfully offensive behaviour, the amount of the behaviour (are they drinking bottles of vodka every night, or is it one or two drinks every few days?), and what their overall health and lifestyle were like !

Wow- please tell me you were under 25 and able to do that?
Just thinking about staying up all night makes me tired, then to add alcohol on top of it wwwooooooowwwwwweeeeee!!! Maybe back in my college days, but not anymore could I drink all night and get up pop some advil and get on with my day. Just having one drink gives me a hangover the next day! Maybe Im a light weight-
 

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Lol! I was 30 when the divorce started... I am 34 now, and I still stay out routinely until 2am... but not all night... in my twenties I was military, so it was nothing to stay out all night and have duty the next day.
 

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Lol! I was 30 when the divorce started... I am 34 now, and I still stay out routinely until 2am... but not all night... in my twenties I was military, so it was nothing to stay out all night and have duty the next day.
awwwhhhh a good military girl!! Bless you!!
 

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Alcohol has a diuretic effect on the body in general - it hastens the elimination of water. I would think that this would rob the skin of needed hydration.
Very good point, indeed. Well hydrated skin does not age as quickly (also while people with oilier skin tend not to wrinkle as quickly), and poorly hydrated skin loses its elasticity (suppleness) and its glow very quickly.
 
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