As we head into the Easter long weekend there is no doubt many of us will be having a glass of wine or two…. or 10 and alcohol in moderation is OK but constant binge drinking can have a huge effect on your body.

Here are just some of the ways Alcohol effects the health and appearance of your body:

Your Skin

Alcohol makes your body very dehydrated which can cause premature aging and cause you to break out. It also causes rosacea which can lead to permanent red broken capillaries. Also if you are prone to skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis alcohol is likely to aggravate this and make it worse.

Your Hair

Alcohol can stop your body from absorbing a lot of important vitamins and minerals which are needed to give you shiny luscious locks.

Your Odor

Over-consumption of alcohol can cause you to have smelly breath and sweat. Have you ever had someone walk past you and though to yourself ‘wow they smell like a brewery’?

Your Weight

Alcohol is empty calories so the more alcohol you consume the more weight and bloat your body is likely to hold onto. Alcohol also lowers your blood sugar which means you’re more likely to want to eat when you’re drunk and we all know a nice healthy salad is no where near as appealing as that greasy kebab when you’re stumbling out of a pub at 3am.

Your Stomach & Digestion

If you’ve thrown up after a big night of drinking then we probably don’t need to tell you that your stomach does not like alcohol especially when consumed in huge amounts. It’s just too much for your stomach to process which is why your body will often say enough is enough and make you throw up. Over drinking for a long period of time can lead to many digestive issues such as IBS, diarrhea and constant nausea. Alcohol also really messes with your digestive system and considering your digestive system is the part of your body that distributes all the nutrients around your body from all the food and drink you consume it’s important to be mindful of what you are putting into your body.

Your Liver

This is one of the most important organs in your body and it is where alcohol, is filtered. Your liver has to use up a lot of important vitamins and minerals int order to filter the alcohol through which means that it can make your body deficient in a lot of vitamins and minerals. So drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can cause fat to build up around your liver which can lead to serious health issues in the future. So it is important to give this special organ some extra special care and we’ll show you some ways you can do this in step ?.

Your Kidneys

Have you heard the term ‘breaking the seal’? You know when you start drinking and then as soon as you need to go to the toilet you need to go again and again almost every half an hour? This is because Alcohol is a diuretic which means it makes you want to pee more often. This also means it needs to be filtered through your kidney’s and they have to start working over time to deal with the amount of alcohol you’re putting into your body. This can then often lead to painful health issues such as urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

Your Heart

Have you ever woken up after a big night out and felt as though your heart was beating faster than usual? This could be due to the anxiety alcohol can cause but it could also be because alcohol causes high blood pressure and also cause your heart to beat irregularly.

Your Hormones

Alcohol increases your estrogen levels which is what can send your menstrual cycle out of wack and cause it to play up.

Your Bones

Alcohol can stop your body from absorbing calcium which can cause your bones to become very weak and brittle which means you are more susceptible to diseases such as osteoporosis.