Today Show/NBC, Jan. 23, 2013: A new app called 'Drinking Mirror' shows what alcohol consumption can do to your skin and appearance. The new online program and mobile app from the Scottish government lets drinkers upload their photograph, plug in their weekly alcohol consumption and receive a computer-generated image of the potential toll drinking could take on their appearance. You do not have to give any personal data for this app.
The results may include weight gain, deeper wrinkles and red cheeks and are often quite surprising to the viewer. The hope of this app is that the appeal to vanity will encourage people (especially women) to curb their drinking.
New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that almost 13 million American women (one out of eight) are binge drinking three times a month, consuming an average of six drinks pr binge. Binge drinking can increase the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy and other problems.
U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that women have no more than one drink per day, two for men. There have been studies that say drinking a glass of red wine every day could help prevent certain types of cancer. Resveratrol, found in the skins of red grapes and which gives the wine its colour, has long been known to have cancer-fighting properties.
CLICK HERE to read more at DrinkSmarter.org. You can even get the app here. You will find a lot of information about alcohol and your health and wellbeing.