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A case for not getting sloshed this St. Patrick's Day

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A case for not getting sloshed this St. Patrick's Day

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A case for not getting sloshed this St. Paddy’s

Alcohol is bad for your beauty game

Your bloodshot eyes won’t be the only thing that’s red the morning after St. Paddy’s. “Alcohol in large amounts is toxic to the liver but in smaller amounts you also see evidence of liver damage in the skin,” says dermatologist Dr. Julia Carroll. “The day after [drinking] skin is dry and dull; it often has a red undertone and pores are very large.”   To prevent this, drink lots of water, recommends Dr. Carroll. Before bed, wash your face and apply a serum rich in hyaluronic acid. Following in the morning with an exfoliating scrub and follow with an antioxidant- and hyaluronic acid-rich serum. READ MORE: I joined the Raptors Dance Pak for a night

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A case for not getting sloshed this St. Paddy’s

Booze is severely lacking in nutrition

That Guinness may be delish, but it’s not doing your body any good. A 12-ounce serving of beer is 125 calories. Three coolers will run you about 700 empty calories. Try this rule of thumb: the less sugar in your drinks, the better. Opt for drinks such as light beer, wine spritzer or hard liquor shot with a zero-calorie mixer such as club soda or a splash of cranberry juice. Alternate every drink with a glass of water.   READ MORE: 5 things you need to know about souping

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A case for not getting sloshed this St. Paddy’s

You’ll sleep better

Alcohol is a depressant, which is why you tend to fall asleep quickly when drinking, but the quality of sleep is terrible. “Alcohol elevates your heart rate, so that keeps your nervous system awake. Then, you enter that restful REM sleep later and you have less of it,” explains registered dietitian Abby Langer. Once the alcohol starts to wear off your sympathetic nervous system will start waking you up. “It’s wired because it hasn't shut down all night.” So not only will you be hungover when you get up, you’ll be exhausted too.   READ MORE: Why you don't need to spend two hours a day at the gym    

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Getty Credits: ELLE Canada

A case for not getting sloshed this St. Paddy’s

It can make you eat more

Alcohol affects certain hormones systems in the body and makes you hungrier – hence the post-bar poutine run.   READ MORE: 8 cookbooks to inspire healthy eating

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Getty Credits: ELLE Canada

A case for not getting sloshed this St. Paddy’s

Binge drinking can make you sick

We’re not talking hangovers, either. Binge drinking can reportedly inhibit the body from being able to fight off infections for up to a day after imbibing.   READ MORE: How to prevent burnout

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Getty Credits: ELLE Canada
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A case for not getting sloshed this St. Patrick's Day