Can drinking alcohol really speed up the aging process? Well, the truth is that yes, it can make you age faster by causing wrinkles. This includes premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, elasticity, redness, dehydration and puffiness. However, it’s the amount and frequency of your drinking that really matters. There are actually some recent studies that indicate that alcohol has some health benefits – when you drink in moderation. However, that's mostly red wine and only because of the polyphenols it gives us.
Alcohol can have a huge negative impact on your vitamin A level, which is a very important antioxidant for your skin/body and it is vital in the regeneration of new cells. Vitamin A is also extremely important in the production of collagen. When you have lower amounts of collagen, you lose elasticity in your skin. Collagen and elasticity are what keep your skin supple, taut and looking young. By drinking in excess, you actually speed up the aging process because you are already losing collagen and elasticity as you age.
In addition, alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including the skin – your body's largest organ. This happens every time you drink. Drinking too much is also thought to deprive the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients. Over time, drinking heavily can have other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin. Rosacea, a skin disorder that starts with a tendency to blush and flush easily and can eventually lead to facial disfigurement, is linked to alcohol. And if you didn't manage to take your make-up off, you'll be more prone to spots too. Never mind your glassy, bloodshot eyes...Not to mention that we already know heavy drinking puts your liver in overdrive, and eventually wears it out. The condition called cirrhosis develops when irreversible scarring replaces healthy liver tissue and causes the liver to shrink.
And it seems the more you drink, the more dehydrated you will be because it causes you to urinate non-stop. So, a good rule of thumb is to have a water or a non-alcoholic beverage in between drinks to keep yourself hydrated while enjoying your drinks in moderation. Why not just cut down on alcohol altogether and help preserve those good looks and that fabulous healthy body of yours?