How drinking too much alcohol makes you age

A former “wine addict” revealed how giving up her nightly glasses of Chardonnay for 12 months radically changed her look and health.

Lynn Battle of Sawyers Island off the north coast of Queensland in Australia said her casual drinking had slowly worn off on her health before she decided to take action.

The Irish-born woman said she only started drinking regularly when she moved to Australia in 1986 at the age of 23.

Ms. Patel said her friends and family told her she looked 10 years younger after she gave up alcohol (pictured now)

Lynn Battle (pictured left a year ago and now) said her casual drinking had slowly worn off on her health before she decided to take action and has now been told she looks 10 years younger

The 57-year-old revealed that her alcohol consumption intensified once she reached her mid-40s – doubling her occasional drink to three or four glasses of white wine each night.

And while Ms. Patel said the number of drinks may not reflect a ‘typical alcoholic’, she said that eventually began her old age after her years.

But now, the resort owner has turned back the clock after giving up drinking more than a year ago — and has since been inundated with comments from people who say she looks 10 years younger than her.

I didn’t drink much at all when I was younger. Mrs. Patel said my first beer was at 17, and the first time I drank on vacation in Spain was when I was 19.

Ms. Patel said her drinking has increased dramatically in the past five years to three or four cups each night and has had a huge impact on her life and health (pictured after being alcohol-free for seven months)

Ms. Patel said her drinking has increased dramatically in the past five years to three or four cups each night and has had a huge impact on her life and health (pictured after being alcohol-free for seven months)

Wine wasn’t something we often had back in Ireland. But when I came to Australia, it was more common.

People would bring him to barbecues, and they had a barrel of wine. This was really new to me.

Ms. Patel said her drinking has increased dramatically in the past five years to three or four glasses each night.

Many women consider this a normal amount, but this number of drinks had a negative effect on me.

I realized I had a problem when my usual favorite Chardonnay wasn’t available, and I just started drinking another drink I didn’t like.

It was then that I realized that I was no longer drinking because I enjoyed the taste. I was drinking just to get drunk, no matter how bad it tasted to me.

Not only has her addiction to wine caused her weight gain, hair breakage, night sweats, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels — but alcohol is starting to create tension in her 30-year marriage to her husband, Tex, 77.

Ms. Patel said her drinking has increased dramatically in the past five years to three or four cups each night

Ms. Patel said her drinking has increased dramatically in the past five years to three or four cups each night

The former wine addict said her husband, Tex, 77, (left) warned her years ago that her habit was a slippery slope which led to an argument between the couple.

The former wine addict said her husband, Tex, 77, (left) warned her years ago that her habit was a slippery slope which led to an argument between the couple.

But since the ‘One Year No Beer’ (OYNB) Challenge began in July 2018, the former wine addict has not looked back – and her looks, health, and relationships with friends and family have never been better.

Ms. Patel said she never imagined the harmful effect of alcohol on her appearance – but now she looks and feels 10 years younger since she got sober.

“I really feel like I turned back the clock ten years by just giving up the wine habit,” she said.

“I remember a few weeks into my OYNB challenge, I was washing my face at night and it felt softer, smoother and plumper.

I started noticing red spots on my face. But after a month or so of no wine, the stains were gone. The dark circles around my eyes disappeared.

Since giving up wine, my weight has decreased by 6kg and I have shaved 5cm of my chest, waist, and hips.

Despite the challenge that only lasted for a year, Ms. Patel said she will never return to her former lifestyle (pictured now)

Despite the challenge that only lasted for a year, Ms. Patel said she will never return to her former lifestyle (pictured now)

It might not sound like much, but I dropped two dress sizes and came back wearing clothes I haven’t fitted properly for years.

The former wine addict said her husband warned her years ago that her habit was a slippery slope and could negatively affect her health.

We often ended up in an argument, because of my drinking. We haven’t had any disagreement since I stopped.

I feel, and am told I look, ten years younger than friends and family. I owe everything to give up the booze.

While some may feel ‘excluded’ from social situations where other people are drinking, Ms Patel said she could still enjoy these events, but opted to sip wine and non-alcoholic beer instead.

Mrs. Patel was photographed at the start of the challenge

Filmed here after a year of no alcohol

Mrs. Patel is pictured on the left at the start of the challenge and on the right a year later

Incredibly, Ms. Patel celebrated sobriety by being the first woman in history to circumnavigate the island where she lives in September 2018 – something she said she couldn’t have done before she gave up alcohol.

Her sea kayak – cleverly nicknamed “Shardo-Nye” – saw her paddle around the entire 30 km of Sawyers Island in six and a half hours.

She’s now eyeing a brighter, alcohol-free future — and even plans to beat her kayaking record sometime over the next year.

Kayaking around my island was a great experience. When you start OYNB, they ask you to do a physical challenge, something you weren’t able to do before.

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