View Full Version : Can drinking cause hair loss?

10-30-2008, 04:35 PM
a friend of mine told me that alcohol usage can cause hair loss! is this true? Am I making my hair loss worse by drinking?

Any thoughts? this is very disturbing.

M Law
10-30-2008, 05:24 PM
Doesn't alcohol increase estrogen levels? If anything wouldn't it be good for your hair? Drink Up!;)

10-30-2008, 07:52 PM
Yeah that's my theory too. Drink up baby! :D Im no doctor but from what I understand alcohol increases estrogen and suppresses testosterone. So I certainly dont think it's going to hurt you hair-wise. And who knows maybe it can actually help.

10-31-2008, 12:11 AM
Before I comment, I would like to make it clear that I am NOT a physician and this information is my opinion based on over a decade of experience being a consumer advocate for men and women suffering with hair loss, and from a layman's understanding of the subject matter.

While moderate alcohol consumption is known to have positive, possibly even protective, cardiovascular health effects, the truth is people who drink in excess like Dave (just kidding man):)on a regular basis cause their body's to undergo significant stress reactions that can lead to a host of physical and psychological issues.

As we all know heavy alcohol consumption taxes the liver, and other vital organs which can contribute to a breakdown in the body's "normal” functioning. The liver for instance helps to manage hormones in the body's metabolism. As we know, hormones are basically chemical messengers that coordinate the functions of all of our organs and tissues. Each hormone is secreted from a particular gland and distributed throughout the body to act in a very specific way.

For hormones to function normally, your body can not be over taxed by physical or psychological stress. Heavy alcohol consumption can seriously impair the functions of the hormone releasing glands and potentially cause serious medical issues. Since alcohol's wide ranging effects on the hormone system can present many health concerns, there is good reason to assume that in some cases heavy, habitual drinking can cause hair loss.

On the other hand you don’t see many bald bums(winos) around, so who knows?:) Dave and M Law might be right.

11-08-2008, 12:23 PM
Yeah, just like that guy said............"Bums are never bald! Ever seen a bald bum?"

11-19-2008, 12:14 PM
Good god, I hope drinking doesn't cause hair loss. Otherwise I am doing a number on myself. It's my preferred choice of treatment. :D

11-20-2008, 04:34 AM
yeah, mine too. :) actually i havent been hitting it as hard lately with the booze. but eight years ago when i was first facing the realization that i was losing losing my hair i certainly used alcohol to deal with my depression.

11-23-2008, 09:41 PM
Hey Dave it's Paul here,

So did you hit the bottle after the show tonight? I had a few while I was tuned in.:) Is Joe from Staten Island really bed ridden because he's bald???

M Law
11-24-2008, 12:36 AM
So is the official conclusion that we should all keep drinking?:D

11-24-2008, 09:28 AM
hey paul, no i didnt hit the bottle after the show last night. :) ive actually been really good lately.

i dont know about joe--im worried about him. i hope he is exaggerating about his situation and being bed ridden and all. i think he may need real help though.

11-26-2008, 08:08 AM
I`d have been a norwood 7 by the time i was 20 so imo i dont think it causes baldness.

11-26-2008, 02:15 PM
I was going to say if Alcohol caused baldness Bigmac would be called kojak;)

11-26-2008, 03:00 PM
I was going to say if Alcohol caused baldness Bigmac would be called kojak;)

I agree if that were really the case, I would be a N7. Drink up guys! Life is short.

12-13-2008, 06:45 AM
Beer is good for you.

12-13-2008, 12:10 PM
If it's drinking that causes hair loss then I am screwed!:p

12-16-2008, 05:50 PM
I thought the same thing after I spent 4 months in Ireland getting shit faced and my hair looked awful. Good thing everyone else was too drunk to notice. But I do know that red wine increases HDL which decreases blood cholesterol and cholesterol is used to make sex steroids....so I think it helps. Either way high HDL is associated with a long life so you may be bald, but your gonna live a long time. Maybe even long enough to see a permanent cure, so drink to that.

04-02-2010, 10:09 PM
Yea and drinking also causes free radicals in the body which can lead to high levels of toxins in the body ...My aunt was an alcoholic and she was pretty bald we used to make fun of her as a child how things change..

04-02-2010, 10:20 PM
Hair loss causes drinking.

10-20-2015, 04:37 AM
Alcohol is a diuretic, so it causes accelerated dehydration. A lack of body fluid causes dry and brittle hair. Excessive alcohol consumption can deplete levels of iron in the body, leading to hair loss.

10-20-2015, 08:57 AM
Really hard to say because my Gf's dad can drink 5/6 cans a night and he's mid 50's with the perfect hairline, i mean sickly jealous norwood 1 hairline, my dad used to drink a lot when working away and he had hippy hair into his 70's, my uncle drinks like a machine but again decent norwood 2 in his 60's but my Aunties husband Norwood 7 at 60 and since he was mid 40's and my Gf's Brother drinks alot after work and is now thinning at 30. Notice Drinkers go Grey earlier though.

11-26-2015, 03:59 AM
Hi, There are three main reasons as to why drinking (alcohol) causes hair loss:
Hair loss due to alcohol consumption is mainly due to the fact that alcohol affects the levels of estrogens and zinc in the body, which subsequently affect hair growth.
1.Excessive drinking RAISES the level of estrogens, high levels of estrogens causes hair loss.
2.Excessive drinking REDUCES zinc levels in the body. Zinc is essential for healthy hair growth.
In addition, constant consumption of alcohol can also induce a lower level of vitamins B and C in your body.
Furthermore, folic acid levels can also fall which is also vital in maintaining healthy and strong hair.
The fact that alcoholics rarely have a balanced diet can also add to vitamin deficiencies which contribute to weakened hair.