In episode 117 of the To 50 and Beyond podcast - I talk about the physical, psychological, and social effects that stem from a long period of alcohol consumption and answer a question for a listener.
Do you think alcohol makes you age faster? I feel like my face is changing daily - I workout, eat well, take vitamins, and use expensive skincare - is it the alcohol?!
Brace yourself for the answer...
Yes, I do!
In my personal experience, when I was forty-five, I felt and looked older. Not that getting older is a bad thing. I praise women in the middle of life and beyond, and I also know that I how you feel is subjective.
For me, alcohol made my body feel inflamed which made me ignore exercise because I was already sore and stiff. And, the hangover munchies kept me from eating food that helped me look and feel my best.
I feel my best when I'm taking care of myself and when I was drinking, I was the last one on the list.
The apparent reason why is because alcohol is a diuretic, and it dehydrates you. It has both stimulating effects and sedating effects, so it disrupts your sleep - two of the biggest factors to looking older than you are.
You get up in the morning tired and try vs. rested and moisturized. I don't know about you, but I will take rested and moisturized any day!
I was drinking two bottles of wine in a short period, and the night before was just another day of drinking. I had told myself that everyone drinks this way, so it was normal to feel hungover for at least 24-hours after a night of sitting on the couch chugging chardonnay.
I never realized that my drinking that started at fourteen was making my life at forty-two speed up and slow down at the same time. Every day felt like a battle with myself.
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