THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ON THE SKIN
Ending the day with a small drink can be relaxing. But what are the effects of alcohol on the person? Are they all harmful? Or does alcohol have any good effects on the body?
There have been some studies done which suggests that drinking alcohol in moderation can raise your good cholesterol level. The good cholesterol or HDL helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.
However, excessive intakes can have detrimental effects on your health.
Alcohol dilates the blood vessel in the skin. Every time you have a drink, the blood vessels will dilate and remain permanently dilated until they lose their tone.
Excessive drinking of alcohol will lead to the development of telangiectasias or chronic dilation of the capillaries and a permanent flush on the face.
Alcohol also worsens acne rosacea, a skin disorders that is characterized by redness, flushing, pusheads and pimply bumps and telangiectasias.
Alcohol also depletes the body of vitamin A, an important anti-oxidant.
Alcohol has negative effects on the skin which can summarized as:
- Causes broken capillaries
- Aggravates acne rosacea
- Causes malnutrition
- Causes craving and loss of control and affects personal grooming and skin care
The effects of alcohol can be broadly categorized into 2 different categories:
- Physical Effects
- Psychological Effects
- Liver: hepatitis (inflammation)
- Liver: cirrhosis (liver hardening)
- Brain: memory loss, hallucinations, fits, confusion and loss of intellectual ability
- Stomach: heartburn, gastritis (inflammation), ulcers and bleeding, cancer
- Obesity: alcohol supplies calories
- Mouth, throat and oesophageal (gullet) cancers
- Pancreas: pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- Heart: damage to heart muscles and heart failure
- Reproduction: impotence and infertility in pregnant women. It may cause retardation, stunted growth and behavioural problems in the child.
- Malnutrition: alcohol robs the body of B vitamins
- Osteoporosis: thinning of the bones
- Nerves: cramps, tingling and weakness
- Addiction: delirium tremens (“shakes”) and fits
- Affects the mood
There is initial euphoria and aggression, then anxiety, panic attacks and depression
- Affects the intellect
It impedes the person’s sense of judgment, leads to poor memory and loss of inhibitions. The consequence is antisocial and dangerous conduct.
- Affects the co-ordination
Poor co-ordination results in increased risk of accidents.
- Psychiatric problems
There is increase in risk of suicide, paranoia, morbid jealousy, sexual problems and hallucinations.
There is a dependence on alcohol leading to craving and loss of self-control.
The detrimental effects of alcohol more than outweigh its health potential.