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Website tool predicts effects of heavy drinking

Website tool predicts effects of heavy drinking
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Alcoholism is a deadly problem, and sadly too many people don't seek help until serious damage is already done. Some people can have a drink or two and be fine, but others can become addicted to the stuff. Part of the problem is it's hard to visualize the long-term consequences early on. That's why California-based website Rehabs lets you see what you'll look like after 20 years of alcohol abuse.

The website uses your uploaded photo to predict how your appearance will change with heavy drinking. You'll see altered images of yourself after 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years.

Your appearance isn't exactly the most important thing to worry about when dealing with alcoholism - there's other serious issues like depression, liver disease and even death.

But, the way your appearance changes can be an indicator for more serious problems. The changes in your skin, hair and face can indicate problems like severe dehydration, enlarged blood vessels and Vitamin A, B and C deficiency.

Alcohol abuse can cause some big changes to the way you look. Your face could become puffy and red, and you could even have broken blood vessels on your nose. These are all signs that there's something medically wrong.

That's why I think Rehab's Your Face As An Alcoholic tool will work. It gives people something they can visualize. They might not feel anything wrong now, but several years down the road it could be undeniable. Hopefully this tool can help some people realize they have a problem before it's too late.

Excessive alcohol use is also associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer and digestive problems.

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A sample photo from Rehab's Your Face As An Alcoholic tool.

Everyone knows about common addictions like alcohol or drugs, but did you know you can be addicted to the Internet, too? If you or a loved one suffers from Internet addiction, click here to get help.

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Source: Daily Mail
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