6. It will age you prematurely
Many alcoholic drinks contain congeners which are the compounds that cause you to have a hangover. Although there has not been a great deal of research into the long term effects of congeners, it is widely believed that they do speed up the aging process. Whatever the precise explanation is behind it, there is no doubt that heavy drinker’s often do look a lot older than they actually are.
7. Sweet, mixed drinks will cause wrinkles
Alcoholic drinks that are mixed with sweet mixers, like coke, will give you a sugar overload that causes a condition known as systemic inflammation and this will lead to cell damage. Ultimately, that will lead to the skin losing its elasticity faster than it otherwise would and lead to the early onset of wrinkles.
8. It may cause cellulite
Many people believe that cellulite is aggravated by toxins and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over leads your liver and toxins will build up in your body. Research into this area is a bit patchy too, but there is some pretty compelling evidence that does suggest there is a link between alcohol and cellulite.
9. Red wine can aggravate skin conditions
While it is often said that red wine is good for you and there is evidence that the antioxidants in red wine can help prevent heart diseases and slow the ageing process, there is also evidence that red wine can aggravate skin conditions. In one survey, 76% of people who suffer with intermittent rosacea said that drinking red wine caused the condition to flare up. Red win can also cause an increase in the release of histamine into the body, which can cause severe flushing.
10. It causes puffy eyes and dark circles
A side effect of alcohol is that it disrupts the REM sleep cycle and that will lead to puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes. Alcohol also enlarges the small blood vessels in the eyes, which is what causes bloodshot eyes in the morning.