POLICE have used an online app to highlight the damaging effects of binge drinking.
Staffordshire Police launched its Drinking Time Machine to illustrate how drinkers will appear in 10 years after drinking either 14 units, 28 units, or 40 units of alcohol per week.
It is hoped the visual effects of drinking, which can cause boating, premature ageing and a flushed face, will serve as a warning to youngsters.
The force highlighted the piece of software as part of a week-long crackdown which focuses the amount of alcohol-related callouts officers attend.
The NHS recommends that men should not exceed 28 units per week and women should not drink more than 21 units per week.
A pint of lager contains between two and three units while a 750ml bottle of 12 per cent wine contains 10 units.
Mail reporter Mark McKay put the software to the test.
He said: “This software makes the effects of drinking even relatively small amounts of alcohol crystal clear.
“After 14 units I look heavier, blotchy and tired, while after 40 units I think it’s fair to say I won’t be winning any beauty contests anytime soon.
“I haven’t indulged in drinking since my student days and from what I’ve seen here I would say I’ve made the right choice.”