5 Sneaky Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health and Beauty (and How to Prevent Them)
We're conditioned to think it's glamorous, but when it comes to your health and looks, drinking's insidious side effects are anything but
That visual of attractive folk milling about, martini/wine/champagne glass in hand, has long been promulgated in all forms of media. F. Scott Fitzgerald painted images of the luxe, lush life in his novels (while suffering from alcoholism in his real life); the whole world knows James Bond's cinematic beverage of choice; and no self-respecting primetime drama is complete without a bar scene or two.
See how drinking alcohol makes you ugly.
The takeaway, of course, is that drinking alcohol is glamorous. And, while it may be fine to raise a glass every now and again, drinking too much, as everyone knows, definitely takes a toll on your body and your looks.
As author Jason Vale says in his book "Slim for Life," drinking "batters your liver, kidneys, and pancreas; it dehydrates your body; destroys brain cells and can shrink your brain. It eats away your stomach lining, weakens eyesight and causes impotence, diabetes, and obesity." And that doesn't even begin to cover what it does to the outside.
Let's find out precisely what kind of havoc drinking too much can wreak on your looks (besides, of course, making you fat, that's a given) and discuss what you can do -- besides becoming a strict teetotaler -- to keep that damage to a minimum. And, to round things out, we'll walk through a few ways to make it look like you didn't over imbibe -- even when you did. So, if you're game, let's put down that glass and get cracking…
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