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App to help reduce alcohol and save your skin

January 10, 2013 by Works with Water

A new phone app has been developed to encourage people to think about reducing their alcohol intake this year.

 

The free “drinking mirror” smartphone app has been developed to show people the shocking effects of regularly drinking too much, especially on your skin health.

It allows users to take photographs of their face and view the potential impact of over-indulgence.

The initiative aims to make women, in particular, think about how much they drink and how it will impact on their looks and feelings.

The smartphone app is available free until the end of March and will show users that cutting down a glass size can also have a significant impact on the ageing process.

Dr Samantha Robson, a GP and skin specialist in Aberdeen, who helped launch the campaign, said: “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 skin and can lead to wrinkles and premature ageing.

“Many people forget that alcohol also affects their sleep, which doesn’t do skin any favours.

“But drinking more than you should over time can have other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin and, more importantly, your overall health.

“Many women don’t think about the longer-term effects of drinking or that on average it takes them longer than a man to recover from the damage caused by a big night.

“But cutting down a glass size, or having a break some nights, the result could make a huge difference to how they look and feel.”

The campaign encourages women to make small changes, such as alternating alcohol with soft drinks or water and having two alcohol-free days a week, which the Government claims can lead to big health improvements.

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