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Alcoholic Face Changes

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When a person takes up drinking, most people associate this action with behavioral changes. From being slightly tipsy to completely drunk, alcohol can minimize a person’s inhibitions and drive them to act giggly, confused, and even aggressive. This isn’t the only way that drinking can affect the individual. Banyan Treatment Center Chicago is analyzing the facial signs of alcoholism and what can be done to mitigate these unwanted changes.

Examples of Alcoholic Facial Changes

Several visual alcoholic facial features signal excessive drinking. Some of these changes can affect a person in the short term, while others may result in permanent changes to the drinker’s appearance. 


Rhinophyma results in broken blood vessels and sores that leave the nose looking red, swelled up, and even rough or bumpy in texture. Also referred to as “alcoholic nose,” this condition results in the swelling and redness of the drinker’s nose. Additionally, alcohol is infamous for its ability to cause Rosacea flare-ups, which are also responsible for skin inflammation.

Facial Bloating

Alcohol is an inflammatory substance, meaning it can result in the swelling of multiple body parts. One of the tell-tale facial signs of alcoholism is bloating of the face. This is likely happening because the drinker in question is dehydrated. Dehydration from alcohol is a serious concern and leads to swelling because the body is doing everything it can to stay hydrated, including holding onto as much water as possible.


While drinking is not the direct cause of acne and facial blemishes, it can still have an impact on bodily systems responsible for hormone levels. These hormones can lead to the development of acne on the face, while alcohol can also directly impact how oxygen and other crucial nutrients travel throughout the skin.


When someone takes up alcoholism, one of the most heavily affected organs is the liver. When the liver becomes inflamed from this bad habit, it is referred to as alcoholic hepatitis. A tell-tale sign of this condition is the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. If a person’s skin begins to yellow, they must stop drinking for their safety.

Hair Loss

Despite alcohol being a liquid, it has dehydrating qualities, which means drinking alcohol can result in the loss of hydration throughout the body. Because it affects the body’s ability to absorb water, nutrient deficiencies can lead a person’s hair to become thin, dry, and brittle, ultimately resulting in hair loss.

Skin Discoloration

An alcoholic face is likely to seem off in its coloring for reasons other than jaundice. For instance, chronic dehydration from excessive drinking can make a face appear gray in color. This is due to the deficiency in Vitamin A, which is vital in the process of skin renewal.

Regain Control of Your Appearance and Your Life

If you have suffered from any of these physical consequences of an alcohol use disorder, it is likely a serious sign that something needs to be done. Luckily, our rehab in Chicago offers Illinois addiction treatment for alcohol that can help you turn your life around for the better.

Upon arrival, a team of professionals will evaluate which level of care is most appropriate for that patient’s individual needs. From here, they will have access to a variety of effective programs and therapies that will give them the space to confront what led them to abuse alcohol in the first place.

To learn more about the programs we offer, call Banyan’s Chicago addiction treatment center at 888-280-4763 and speak with an intake specialist today.

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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
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