After the age of 30 your metabolism slows down and the number of kilojoules required to maintain weight decreases so every kilojoule counts – and alcohol is full of them.
When alcohol enters our system it dilates the blood vessels. As we get older these vessels weaken and lose the ability to shrink back again, causing a reddish, ruddy look to the skin.
When we’re young we tend to use alcohol to hype us up, but Professor Michael Baigent from Beyondblue says older drinkers are more likely to use alcohol for its relaxing properties. This can be a good thing – the positive effect of alcohol against stress is one suggested reason why moderate drinkers live longer than teetotallers.