New app shows you the toll drinking has on your looks

January 21, 2013

New app shows you the toll drinking has on your looks
New app shows you the toll drinking has on your looks

You've probably heard that smoking accelerates signs of aging, but there's another habit that can make you look older than you actually are - drinking. Unfortunately, some people may not be aware of the adverse affects alcohol can have on one's physical appearance, but the Scottish government is hoping to change that with the release of a new app that makes it painfully apparent what years of drinking can do to one's face, reports the Today Show.

The app or computer program is called the Drinking Mirror. Users can upload a picture of their face, enter the amount of alcohol they consume per week, and then receive a computer-generated image of what they may look like if they keep up the habit. According to the news source, individuals who peer into the Drinking Mirror may see an image of themselves looking heavier, with a wrinklier and ruddier face.

"Alcohol undoubtedly has an effect on our appearance in the short and long term. As well as causing bloating and dark circles under your eyes, alcohol dries out the skin and can lead to wrinkles and premature aging," Dr. Samantha Robson, a skin specialist, told The Daily Mail.

While quitting drinking may be able to slow down the early signs of aging that come with the habit, cessation may not be enough to undo the damage that's already evident. Fortunately, there are treatments available for people who are discouraged by facial wrinkles, whether they are caused by alcohol consumption, smoking or the natural aging process.

Botox is one option that has become quite popular in recent years. The injectable cosmetic can reduce the signs of aging by freezing the muscles that cause wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead. Facelift surgery can also help restore a more youthful look to the face.


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