If you want to continue to look young, be sure to limit your alcohol consumption. Drinking more than five glasses of wine per week speeds up the body’s biological clock, according to a new study.
During family reunions, a romantic dinner or a reunion with friends, bottles of alcohol are often lying around in the center of the tables. But be careful not to overdo it. According to a study by scientists from the University of Oxford, drinking more than five glasses of wine per week would speed up the body’s biological clock and therefore be very bad for the skin.
To come to such a conclusion, the experts looked at data from nearly 250,000 people and found, to their surprise, that those who drank more than 17 units of alcohol per week had telomeres (the structures that protect the ends of the chromosomes) shorter.
Specifically, rangefinders naturally shorten with age, which damages DNA and increases the risk of developing problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and heart disease. But according to the results of their research, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry and relayed by the Daily Mail, alcohol abuse could well accelerate this process.
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“Our results provide another piece of information for clinicians and patients looking to reduce the harmful effects of excess alcohol”said the study’s lead author, psychiatry expert Dr. Anya Topiwala. A discovery hailed by Dr Richard Piper, chief executive of the charity Alcohol Change UK. “This particular study shows clear links between alcohol consumption and aging”he said in particular on reading these new data.
Besides causing irreversible damage to the skin, excessive alcohol consumption is linked to a plethora of health problems such as high blood pressure, risk of stroke and cancers. According to Public Health France, 41,000 deaths are attributable to alcohol per year, including 30,000 in men and 11,000 in women. In total, 23.6% of people aged 18-75 exceeded the drinking guidelines in 2017, i.e. a maximum of 10 glasses per week.
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