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Heavy drinking, smoking seen linked to visible signs of ageing

Heavy drinking and smoking are linked to visible signs of physical ageing and looking older than one’s years, though light to moderate drinking is not associated with biological ageing, researchers say

Heavy drinking and smoking are linked to visible signs of physical ageing and looking older than one’s years, research suggests.

But light to moderate drinking was not associated with biological ageing, according to the research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The Copenhagen City Heart Study, which began in 1976, tracked the health and visible ageing signs of 11,500 Danish adults for an average 11.5 years.

Participants were asked about their lifestyle and general health, and how much they drank and smoked.

Four signs of ageing

They were checked for four signs of ageing that have previously been linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular ill health or death.

These were: earlobe creases, a greyish opaque coloured ring or arc around the peripheral cornea of both eyes (arcus corneae), yellow-orange plaques on the eyelids (xanthelasmata),

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