The effects of alcohol on ageing

Can drinking alcohol really speed up the ageing process? Well, the truth is that yes, it can make you age faster. At Eden Recovery we have noticed the extreme effects drinking has on ageing. This includes premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, elasticity, redness, dehydration and puffiness.

To begin with, there are no nutrients in alcohol so you age faster. In fact, alcohol can adversely affect your nutrition levels by causing a depletion in healthy nutrients that aid in carrying oxygen throughout your body. At Eden, we are aware that alcohol can have a huge negative impact on your vitamin A level, which is a very important antioxidant for your skin/body and it is vital in the regeneration of new cells.

Alcohol is also very dehydrating in that it acts like a diuretic. The more you drink, the more dehydrated you will be. The more dehydrated you look, the older you look.

At Eden Recovery Centre, we have identified the ways in which alcohol can make you look older?

Your skin

Alcohol dehydrates the skin and takes away nutrients, making it dull and tired. It also dilates the facial blood vessels, making it more likely you’ll end up with spidery red thread veins.

Your hair

Not being properly hydrated can also affect your hair – regular drinking can leave it dry and brittle. If you drink too much it can even deplete iron levels and can cause hair loss.

Lack of (beauty) sleep

Drinks before bedtime can damage your natural sleep cycles and mean you need to get up during the night to go to the toilet. It can all leave you tired the next day.


Good nails depend on a good intake of nutrients and water. If your nails are brittle it could be a sign you are drinking too much.

Your weight

Alcohol is of course packed with calories that contain no nutritional value. To make matters worse, alcohol lacks essential nutrients and can lower blood sugar levels making you feel hungry and more likely to overeat.

Don’t let alcohol steal your good looks.

If you feel like your, or the drinking of a loved one, is out of control, don’t hesitate to contact Eden Recovery Centre. We are here to assist you and help you break free from the chains of addiction.

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