Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a number of health problems, including liver damage, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Additionally, alcohol has been linked to hair loss due to the changes in hormone levels, most notably estrogen, that occur in the body with alcohol consumption. Studies have shown that increased levels of estrogen can accelerate hair loss, specifically temporary hair loss known as Telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium results in sudden and drastic hair loss, but can be reversed once the experience is over and the body goes back to the normal stage prior to the shock to the system. In addition to increasing estrogen levels, alcohol decreases the amount of important nutrients in the body that are essential in promoting hair health, including zinc and iron. Decreased levels of zinc result in dry, brittle hair that can break easily at the roots, while decreased levels of iron prevent hair follicles from receiving important nutrients that are needed for hair health and growth.
If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning due to excessive alcohol consumption, the best remedy to return your hair back to its normal state is to cut back on how much you drink. Unfortunately, those who have been drinking heavily for a long time are more likely to suffer permanent hair damage. If you believe you are experiencing any kind of excessive hair loss, you can find much more information about what could be causing it and the available treatment options during a Bosley Consultation, which is offered free of charge.