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Warning: You might want to rethink your weekend plans after reading this.
 
If you regularly reach for a glass of wine to get you through hump-day, binge on thirsty Thursdays and go big at the weekend, you might want to read this.
 
We all know alcohol is bad for us. But did you know just one sip lingers in your body for about two hours and travels through your bloodstream to nearly every organ?
 
Booze affects everything from your brain to your muscles, heart and liver. Alcoholic tipples are also a major cause of weight-gain and could be one of the reasons Britain is the 6th fattest nation in the world.
 
Unsurprisingly alcohol also has a negative affect on your skin. Binge drinkers suffer from bloated, puffy faces because alcohol dilates your blood vessels meaning they’re more prone to breakage.
 
Here are four negative affects that might have you rethinking your weekend bar crawl:
 
1. Premature Ageing
 
You might be plastering on every cream and serum under the sun, but if you’re a heavy drinker you’ll probably age quicker anyway.
 
This is because alcohol dehydrates the skin and increase chances of cell damage.
 
It also decreases your liver’s natural level of Vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover and protect your skin from pollution.
 
2. Acne
 
Because alcohol is packed with sugar and salt it may trigger the hormone IGF-1. This is turn makes your skin produce more oil and can lead to spots.
 
“When the skin follicles become blocked with skin cells and oil, oil starts to build up behind this blockage, resulting in the subsequent development of spots” Dr. Justine Hextall told Women’s Health.
 
3. Puffiness
 
Have you ever noticed your face is puffy the morning after the night before? This is because alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including the skin – your body’s largest organ.
 
Booze can also bloat your stomach too, according to drinkaware.co.uk.
 
4. Increased cellulite
 
While there is no cure for cellulite, there are some ways you can prevent it. According to alcohol experts at Drink Aware the toxins in alcohol contribute to its build up.
 
So quitting alcohol could help prevent the dreaded orange peel skin.
 
Drinking a little less each day through the week can have big benefits for your health. Cutting your alcohol consumption could help you lose weight, shed the beer belly and get a clear and glowing completion.
 
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File photo   Warning: You might want to rethink your weekend plans after reading this.   If you regularly reach for a glass of wine to get you through hump-day, binge on thirsty Thursdays and go big at the weekend, you might want to read this.   We all know alcohol is bad for us....