Holding a sparkling cocktail on St Patrick’s Day can seem like the height of sophistication but its really the fast track to aging. Alcohol whether its in a cheap beer or aged scotch is toxic to living cells. It floods the body with free radicals, slows circulation, robs the skin of moisture and ruptures blood vessels in the skin. If you have numerous little red lines on your face, blame alcohol.
But alcohol is much more than a cosmetic problem. A new study from the World Health organization (WHO) estimated that 3 million people die each year from excessive drinking. In fact the study links alcohol consumption to more than 200 diseases including heart disease, liver failure, numerous types of cancers, violence and auto accidents. Even worse alcohol significantly lowers immunity from infections such as pneumonia and even the common flu.
Doctors currently advise a limit of 3-5 glasses of alcohol a week. Recently a world class cancer specialist urged me to adaopt a one glass of wine a month limit I think a reasonable levels lies somewhere in between.