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Drinking More & Enjoying Less? Age Could Be The Reason

A national survey on drug use and health found that about 40 percent of adults ages 65 and older drink alcohol. Most of them don’t have a drinking problem, but some of them drink more than their bodies can handle. As we get older the capacity to handle alcohol changes. As seniors age they become more prone to the side effects of alcohol consumption. One primary reason for this is that older people metabolize and break down the alcohol more slowly than younger people which results in the alcohol staying in their bodies for longer durations of time. Another factor is that the amount of water retained in the body goes down as we age. As a result, older adults have a higher percentage of alcohol in their blood than younger people even though they are drinking the same amount of alcohol.

All of these changes can make alcohol consumption a problem for senior and elderly citizens. Possible risks to seniors under the influence of alcohol include falls, household accidents, car crashes and dangerous reactions with their medications. Many prescription, over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies mixed with alcohol do not work properly, can be fatal or lead to permanent damage to their bodies. The mixture between alcohol and their medication can cause sleepiness, confusion, lack of coordination, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and other health problems. Many seniors are not aware of their alcohol capacity and the effects of mixing it with medication. Nostalgia is also a big factor for seniors drinking too much. They think of their younger years and how much they were able to drink back then not realizing that their bodies can no longer handle such capacities. For this reason aging seniors should not be left alone and should look to be a part of an assisted living facility. An assisted living facility would be able to monitor seniors and their alcohol intake to make sure they are within safe limits of consumption.

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Examples Of Negative Drug And Alcohol Interactions:

Aspirin or arthritis medications and drinking alcohol can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach.
Taking the acetaminophen in large doses and drinking alcohol can increase the chances of liver damage.
Taking cold and allergy medicines that contain antihistamines can make people sleepy. Drinking alcohol with such medications can increase the feeling of drowsiness and impair judgment.
Drinking alcohol and taking medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers, gout, and heart failure can make those conditions worse.

Heavy drinking over time can damage the liver, heart, brain and other vital organs of the body. It can increase the risk of developing certain cancers, damage muscles and cause immune system disorders. It can also increase the chances of getting osteoporosis, a common disease in older adults, especially women. Other conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, liver problems, and memory problems. They also include mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Adults with major depression are more likely to have alcohol problems. Older adults should take note that some medications stay in the body for several hours, so even if they drink alcohol hours after taking a pill it could still cause problems. Check with your doctor or pharmacist. With issues such as alcohol families can rest easy knowing an assisted living facility is responsible for the welfare of their senior loved ones.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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