You may have noticed that as you get older, those hangovers seem to get worse and worse and linger longer than they did when you were in your youth.
A 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey found men in their 40s and women in their 50s are the most likely to drink at a problematic level, so it’s important to understand how alcohol affects our bodies as we age.
Here are just some of the effects of excessive drinking on your body,
- Affect on the Brain: Dr Christina Perry, research fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health said alcohol appears to cause an increase in neuro-inflammation in the brain, which has toxic effects.
- Linked to Cancer: Numerous cancers have been linked to alcohol, including mouth, stomach, bowel and breast cancers.
- Stomach: Alcohol affects the balance of bacteria in the gut and can cause nausea and other side effects.
- Affects the Skin: The dehydrating effect of alcohol can affect your skin’s appearance and elasticity.