Drinking Mirror: New app projects how drinking alcohol affects faces

A new smart phone app says it shows the physical signs of aging caused by your favorite beer or glass of wine.

This free app, called the Drinking Mirror works on anyone, but it was actually designed to target women who drink heavily.

Could how much you drink be written all over your face?

The Drinking Mirror, rolled out by the Scottish government as part of a health campaign, allows users to upload a photo and then, based on how much booze they admit to drinking in a week, they can see what they'll look like in ten years.

Admitting to six to 10 glasses a week morphs a flawless face into one with deep set wrinkles, red eyes and cheeks. And piles it on the pounds.

Dr. Tina Alster, a D.C. dermatologist says, there is some truth to the cringe-inducing image staring back at you.

"Alcohol has been shown to diminish the elasticity of your skin so that you show more wrinkles, also makes your skin a little bit more sensitive to the sun, so that you end up with more freckling or blotchiness to your skin." Alster says.

Alcohol leads to vasodilation, a dilation of blood vessels, making them bigger. And that's why when people drink you see their faces get flushed, and if you do that enough time the flushing doesn't go away. It stays.

While the outrageous images might go a bit overboard, drinkers who spoke with ABC7 say they understand why and they support someone cutting back on the booze, even if it is to bypass the botox.

Alster says the images should be taken with a grain of salt, and that a drink or two a week won't do any long term damage.

The Scottish government says the app encourages people to take a look at how small changes can have a huge impact on their health.