In recent years, drinking alcohol in moderation has been shown to have some positive health outcomes. Red wine especially contains antioxidants and is good for cardiovascular health. But at the same time, drinking alcohol may cause aging, especially in excess.
First of all, alcohol is a diuretic. This means that the more you drink, the more it dehydrates you and dehydrated skin is more likely to show wrinkles. The more sunken your skin, the more fine lines and premature wrinkling. When your skin is properly hydrated, it looks supple and full. If you’ve ever woken up really thirsty after having one too many glasses of wine, then you know what your skin must feel like.
Additionally, drinking alcohol can deplete vitamin A levels in the body, a nutrient that keeps your skin from aging. Vitamin A is important for the production of new cells as well as collagen, which gives the skin elasticity.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t partake in an alcoholic beverage once in a while. In fact, moderate drinking is considered one drink per day for a women and two drinks per day for a man. Women metabolize alcohol slower than men, so trying to keep up with your husband drink for drink is a bad idea both for your overall health and the health of your skin.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.