In an attempt to use vanity to deter people from drinking too much, the Scottish government is using what they call a drinking mirror to show people the effects of binge drinking on their looks. The mirror is an excellent way to show what alcohol is doing to you on the outside because most people ignore the effects of excessive drinking on their inside.
The mirror takes a before picture of the person as they look now and then shows the gradual physical effects on their face caused by excessive alcohol consumption. The campaign launched by the Scottish government advocates that people abstain from alcohol at least 2 days a week.
Read what the post on NYDailyNews.com had to say:
A public campaign called Healthier Scotland has unveiled a photo tool that simulates the aging effects of drinking on a person’s face over 10 years.
The so-called “drinking mirror,” which is available as a web or smart phone app, allows a user to upload a current photo and then plug in their weekly alcohol intake. The photo calculates what that person’s face would like 10 years later if they are heavy drinkers or teetotalers.
Heavy drinkers see “deeper wrinkles, red cheeks and weight gain,” the sight explains. Those who stay clear of alcohol see far fewer changes in their face over time, the simulation tool suggests.
The campaign urges people to “drop a glass size” or cut back on their drinking.
U.S. health officials have recommended that women have no more than one drink daily and men should have only two.
The “Healthier Scotland” campaign also suggests that people abstain from alcohol completely at least two days a week.
The dramatic visuals of the “drinking mirror” didn’t convince everyone.
“I just don’t take it seriously,” a woman out drinking with friends told NBC’s Today show.. “How can it take into effect your genes, other things that you do in life, how much you work out, how much you don’t work out?”
Read more or follow the link to watch a video demonstration of how the mirror works:
Drinking in moderation is really the only way to ensure that your looks, as well as your health aren’t negatively affected by alcohol. Drinking in itself is not bad, in fact studies have shown that drinking in moderation is actually good for your health.
Wine in particular when consumed in moderation had been shown to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Evidence collected by The Harvard School for Public Health suggests that moderate wine drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 per cent less likely to have a heart attack than non-wine drinkers. Wine has been proven to promote longevity and be good for women as well in preventing osteoporosis.
Anything consumed in excess is bad for you, whether it be alcohol or your favourite junk food, the key to long life and health is to consume in moderation.