You are probably aware of how alcohol can harm the body and damage major organs like your liver, but did you know that consuming too much alcohol can mess up your skin?
Alcohol of any kind, beer, wine or spirits dehydrates the body and steals protective nutrients from the skin, our largest organ. If you know someone who drinks too much, look at their skin. Does it look fresh and dewy or dry and dull? Alcohol removes moisture from the skin making it appear dull.
People who drink too much also get very blotchy skin - or patches of red discoloration usually around the nose. Alcohol can cause facial blood vessels to dilate and break resulting in the appearance of red veins beneath the skins surface. If you already have problems with your skin such as rosacea and psoriasis, alcohol consumption can make these conditions worse.
If you're worried about your skin, experts say that it's important to drink in moderation. Also, avoid eating greasy and unhealthy foods that are often associated with heavy drinking.
It is very important to re-hydrate your body after a night of drinking. Wash and moisturize your face and drink plenty of water. Putting water back into your body will help your re-balance your skin. When you do eat, choose nutritionally valuable foods that are low in salt and high in water such as red peppers, celery, cucumber and lots of fresh water.
Drinking alcohol responsibly has benefits for anyone of legal drinking age. It's a way to connect with others, is used to celebrate an event, and can help people to relax and enjoy their time together. However, it is important to stay healthy and drink mindfully. Limit how much you drink, drink water along with your alcoholic beverage and don't make drinking about "getting drunk".
f you drink too much consistently and cannot control yourself, it's time to get help. Start by taking an alcohol awareness class or attending a alcohol support group.