Drinking over a lifespan

Alcohol and the elderly

Physical effects. The body’s ability to process alcohol declines with age. Body water retention declines and reduces the amount of blood in the body; therefore, a smaller amount of alcohol can have a bigger effect. Also, there is evidence that moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia, the leading cause of disability in old age.

Take the time to reconsider how much and how often you drink alcohol from time to time to be sure you are continuing on a healthy track.

Medication. Taking medication can become a fact of life. It may be risky to add alcohol to the mix. Alcohol, especially heavy drinking, can change or counteract the effects of some medications. Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider about whether or not alcohol is a healthy choice, considering what medications you are taking.