Can drinking alcohol really speed up the aging process? Well, the truth is that yes, it can make you age faster by causing wrinkles. This includes premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, elasticity, redness, dehydration and puffiness. However, itís the amount and frequency of your drinking that really matters.
There are actually some recent studies that indicate that alcohol has some health benefits Ė when you drink in moderation.Vitamin A is also extremely important in the production of collagen.
When you have lower amounts of collagen, you lose elasticity in your skin. Collagen and elasticity are what keep your skin supple, taut and looking young. By drinking in excess, you actually speed up the aging process because you are already losing collagen and elasticity as you age. Your facial skin is already so delicate as compared to other areas of your body. We are constantly exposed to pollution, smog, smoke and the sun. The more you drink in excess, the more youíre speeding up the clock.
When you consume a lot of alcohol over a long period of time, the blood vessels just continue to grow and enlarge. This will eventually lead to a loss of skin tone and/or permanent redness including skin that is blotchy and similar to rosacea. This redness can also turn into broken capillaries or vessels that can burst, especially around the nose and face.Alcohol is also very dehydrating in that it acts like a diuretic. The more you drink, the more dehydrated you will be. A good rule of thumb is to have a water or a non-alcoholic beverage in between drinks to keep yourself hydrated while enjoying your favorite time.
Most people know and understand that alcoholism is a disease and the long-term effects can be detrimental to your health. Long-term heavy drinking can lead to liver disease, brain damage, heart disease and even contribute to breast cancer.
DRUGS AND AGING
Most "hard drugs" are illegal for good reason: They're dangerous and addictive. Cocaine, Marijuana, heroin, ecstasy, and a whole array of hallucinogenic (mind-altering) drugs can cause serious health problems. Drugs like heroin and cocaine top the list and can kill a person almost instantaneously. An overdose, if not fatal, is always serious and puts a person's life at risk. Although trying a drug once probably won't do much damage by itself, it may be the first step on the path to drug addiction. Addiction affects a person's physiology, making him or her more likely to suffer real physical AGING that is manifested in many ways. Unnecessary aging associated with drug use can be as much as eight years. The mental effects of drug use tend to disrupt our social ties, often causing users to lose their friends, families, and jobs.