A Receding Hairline
From Alcoholism?

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited:  August 06 ,
2020 
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Receding Hairline From Alcoholism

When we talk about receding hair lines and other forms of hair loss, we tend to jump to the usual causes. For example, genetics and stress. Individuals who are aware of a family history of hair loss tend to know beforehand that they may have a similar experience.Others tend to blame the stresses of life or certain forms of medication.

While these factors may have some weight in determining how fast a hairline recedes or if it will recede at all, there are other factors that can contribute to the process as well.

Another less known factor can be long term and heavy use of alcohol. 

If you are experiencing hair loss due to genetics or stress, it is likely that heavy drinking may be worsening your hair loss experience. Alcohol can have a negative impact on our bodies’ ability to absorb nutrients that help keep out hair healthy.

Individuals who struggle with alcoholism, often struggle to maintain a healthy diet with nutrient dense foods which would also have a negative impact on hair health.

The alcohol itself can also be causing your hair to thin out and recede depending on several factors. For example, if you experience chronic or long term drinking then you may notice that your hair becomes thinner and more fragile. This can become noticeable anywhere from just after the first month of drinking or it could gradually start to thin out over many years.

The more alcohol you consume, the greater chance that your hair will begin to recede. As time goes on you may notice your hairline beginning to creep back, giving you a noticeably higher forehead than before. Once a certain amount of damage has occurred, it's unlikely that any form of treatment will be able to fix this issue.

Hairline recession due to alcoholism is an extremely difficult situation for those who are experiencing it. While people with genetics and those who suffer from stress related hairlines have some control over their own situations, individuals who struggle with alcoholism have no choice in whether or not they continue drinking.

This is why alcohol abuse and alcoholism are so harmful.

Not only to an individuals health but also to their appearance. It's important for those who have experienced this kind of hair loss, that they recognize the damage that has been done and make a change for the better.

It is important to note that hair loss can effect both women and men, as can the impact from heavy drinking.

If you find yourself thinking that your drinking could be playing a role in your hair loss, there are options available to you. One option is that you can speak with your doctor about your concerns and get their opinions.

Other recommendations can include reducing your use of alcohol, as well as trying out various over the counter hair loss products.

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Receding Hairline from Alcoholism

Though most people would not connect a receding hairline from alcoholism as a true effect of alcohol abuse, it is crucial to note that alcohol can cause major issues, both internally and externally.

Alcohol is a substance that can cause the bodies systems to change and operate differently; therefore there are a lot of changes that you may note for those who abuse alcohol. Hair loss is just one of these possible changes.

Effects of Alcohol on the Body

The body already undergoes a large amount of stress when there is too much alcohol usage. Those who are alcoholics likely do not take care of their health through a well-balanced diet.

Many times, the diets of an alcoholic may suffer, because they are not paying attention to what is being ingested along with the alcohol. Many alcoholics are also experiencing stress.

This can be due to the alcoholism or a result of the alcoholism. The lack of nutrition and the over indulgence of alcohol has disastrous effects of the bodies systems that must operate to keep the body healthy.

Binge Drinking Health Risks

Binge drinking and hair loss may not be a connection that you will make quickly. The first risk of binge drinking is blacking out. It is not uncommon to hear that binge drinkers have passed out after an episode of drinking.

Binge drinking can cause many internal issues, because of the amount of alcohol that is being ingested at one time.

Too much alcohol takes away the zinc mineral that the body needs. When you take away zinc, hair loss is often inevitable. Excessive drinking, both through alcoholism or binge drinking will cause hair to fall out.

Binge drinking and hair loss can be especially devastating for those who are young and participate in overconsumption.

Folic acid and Vitamin D levels also suffer with increased alcohol usage. Folic acid is necessary for the development of healthy cells. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and improve your mood.

Vitamin D and folic acid can be taken in the form of supplements or they can be increased through the diet. Vitamin D is also absorbed by the skin, when you go out into the sun. Taking care of the body in this manner can be difficult when suffering from alcoholism.

Alcoholism and Hair Loss in Women

When women drink, the levels of estrogen, or the female hormone found in a woman's body, will be raised. When estrogen levels are raised too high, this can cause hair loss. Estrogen levels in women can be regulated through medication and hormone therapy, however, this is only recommended for women who have a medical issue that is causing the raised estrogen.

A receding hairline from alcoholism can also cause additional stress which will only make the alcoholism worse.  Read more about alcoholism and women.

Possible Treatments

One drug that has been studied regarding binge drinking and hair loss is Finasteride (Propecia). Finasteride has caused some of the men who take the drug to have a decreased tolerance for alcohol. Some of the subjects who took the hair loss drug decided to no longer drink because of the poor effects.

Although there is no conclusive study regarding hair loss drugs as of yet, the number one method to stop the link between a receding hairline from alcoholism is to stop indulging in alcohol.

Stop drinking alcohol, eating a well-balanced diet, and living in a healthy environment will do wonders for the hair and body overall.

Are You Suffering from Hair Issues Due to Alcoholism?If you or anyone you know struggles with alcohol addiction, there are several resources out there that can help you on your journey to recovery and sobriety. Contact us anytime through our website if you would like help finding treatment in your area.


Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 

I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LPC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More


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