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Toxicity of Alcohol Causes Changes in Skin Especially in Women

by Julia Samuel on December 5, 2017 at 7:42 PM
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Toxicity of Alcohol Causes Changes in Skin Especially in Women

Alcohol consumption can cause numerous diseases and health risks; adding on to the list is its effect on the skin.

According to the research, consuming over 14 units of alcohol causes toxicity and immediate harm to a woman's facial skin that is visible the next morning.

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For women, 14 units of alcohol per week are considered healthy. The scientists found that while the hangover can subside after 24 hours, the effects on the skin for a woman aged 40 can last 28 days.

Younger women bounce back faster but skin aging on those in their 20s still lasts a couple of weeks. For men, their skin is able to cope with the effects quicker but it can still take at least a week to recover. More symptoms of heavy drinking include dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, dehydration on the forehead, chin and lips causes lines and wrinkles.
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Long Term Effects of Alcohol on the Body

The long-term effects of alcohol vary from person to person depending on their consumption behavior, body type, and age and health status. Continuous drinking over the years can cause a silent but very deep irreversible impact on body:

  • Brain - Coordination problems, tremors
  • Heart - Cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, stroke, high blood pressure
  • Liver - Fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
  • Pancreas - Pancreatitis
  • Cancers of mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast
  • Weakening of immune system resulting in chances of developing diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis
  • Depression
  • Impotence in men
  • Fetal damage when consumed by pregnant women
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome - This is a brain disorder caused due to the deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1), which is very common in people with alcohol use disorder.


Source: Medindia
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