So, no one in the pub can drink you under the table, and you’ve forged a reputation amongst your mates for being ‘the Daddy’ (or indeed ‘the Mummy’!) when it comes to knocking back the booze at parties; but have you seen yourself lately? Have you compared pre-alcoholism headshots of yourself with recently taken photos?
These people did, and what they saw gave them a bit of a shock. Read their stories:
Trevor in Coventry: “As a result of binge drinking, I now look older than my dad. Alcoholism has not only aged my face – by changing its shape – it has also greyed my skin and made my eyes permanently bloodshot. I was a fool to drink heavily for so many years. I really regret it. Too late now.”
Andrea in Stoke: “I threw away a promising modelling career through prioritising drinking over everything else. Before I hit the bottle, I had won beauty competitions and had even been flown by an agency to Los Angeles to meet some of the biggest glossy magazine editors in America. Binge drinking brought an end to all that. The way I look now, I couldn’t get modelling work at an Airfix factory! It’s not funny, though. Drink ruined my looks as well as my life.”
Gabor in Fort William: “I started drinking heavily when I left my home city, Budapest. It was when I moved to London and then Glasgow that heavy drinking basically became routine for me. When I went back to Hungary after seven years away, drink had ravaged my face to the point where even to old friends I was almost unrecognisable. Some of the people there thought I had returned home because I was ill; which I was, in reality.”
Collette in County Down: “I’m well known in the pubs and clubs around this part of Northern Ireland; ‘part of the furniture’ in some of the bars, in fact. But I can also be the butt of some cruel jokes at times. The way that drink has gradually (and severely) wrecked my looks over the years is remarked upon when I go out.”
Gerald in Andover: “Binge drinking has left me looking like a bloodhound, to be quite honest. The first thing my dear grandchildren do when they visit is jump up onto my lap and try to pull at my heavy jowls. They love it, and I play along with it all, of course; but deep down I am horrified by my appearance. Going to Rehab resulted in me finally stopping drinking altogether, but I’m afraid that alcoholism leaves its mark on you, physically, even after you’ve stopped.”
So what exactly causes all this devastation to the human face?
Excessive alcohol consumption can:
· Grey the skin by dehydrating the body overall, thereby depriving the skin of essential nutrients and vitamins
· Create a toxin-caused bloating to the cheeks that only recedes after a complete cessation of drinking
· Make the facial skin spotty and sore, due to the interruption to the liver’s normal functioning
· Cause permanent facial disfigurement due to irreversible muscle and nerve damage (creating a sagging of the cheeks, jowls and neck)
Source: Drink Aware.co.uk
And don’t get us started on the rest of the body…
As well as accelerating the aging process, heavy drinking on a regular basis can create an increased risk of:
· High blood pressure
· Liver cirrhosis
· Heart disease
· Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can result in birth defects
· Some psychiatric conditions (anxiety, depression, stress)
· Impaired brain function
Still think binge drinking is great?
Didn’t think so. But the good news is that not all the damage that excessive alcohol consumption can do to the face is permanent or ‘irreversible’. A complete and permanent cessation of drinking can, over time, result in a bloom returning to cheeks that were once grey.