Cultural celebrations happen all throughout the year, but most notably in March, when St. Patrick, the patron saint of the Irish, is celebrated with festivals, parades and, somewhat dubiously, drinking.
Many people participate in the celebration by raising a glass of green beer in good cheer, but it is always important to be mindful of the effects of alcohol on the body.
Although moderate consumption of certain types of alcohol is beneficial for heart health and cancer prevention, too much can have detrimental effects. Here are some things to keep in mind when you drink:
Alcohol dehydrates your skin and depletes it of vital skin nutrients, such as vitamin A. Without vitamin A, you lose the anti-oxidant boost given to collagen production and skin cell turnover. Dehydration can also cause the skin to appear dull and make wrinkles appear more prominent.
Alcohol may aggravate already sensitive skin. People who suffer from rosacea or psoriasis need to be mindful that alcohol may trigger an unwanted and uncomfortable flare-up. Spider veins may become more pronounced as blood vessels, dilated by alcohol consumption, do not return to their original state.
Excessive sugar consumption contributes to cellulite, since the body stores it in fat cells. Alcohol has a high sugar content, therefore excessive consumption can cause the build-up of unsightly cellulite.
If you want long luxurious locks, you might want to put down the alcoholic beverage. Alcohol can dry hair out leading to brittle hair and split ends.
An impaired immune system can result from too much alcohol leaving an individual more susceptible to bacterial and fungal skin infections. There is even evidence to suggest an increased risk of skin cancer, when coupled with so-called risky behaviors such as smoking and unprotected sun exposure.
There’s no question that alcohol in excess seriously affects your appearance, but more importantly it affects your organs and their proper function. Drinking in moderation does have health benefits, but don’t raise your glass too often to toast to good health.