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Aging and Alcohol — And, We're Not Talking About Fine Wine
Retirement may mean extra leisure time that includes sipping on a couple of drinks. While enjoying these golden years, seniors need to keep in mind that even though they may generally drink less alcohol than younger people, they can still have issues with alcohol.
Older people need to pay special attention to their alcohol intake by considering:
Alcohol sensitivity. The body’s ability to break down alcohol slows with age causing it stay in the body longer.
Drinking can cause or worsen health problems such as
Medicines and alcohol don’t mix. Alcohol can have a dangerous or even deadly effect when combined with many prescription, over-the-counter and herbal remedies.
Alcohol misuse screening and counseling is one of the many
covered by the Affordable Care Act. Talk to your doctor about this service.
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