Drinking over a lifespan

Middle-aged drinking patterns and health

The body’s ability to process alcohol slows with age. Periodically, it is important to reconsider how much or how often you drink alcohol. You may find that a smaller amount of alcohol has a more significant effect than before, and that there are increased health risks with excessive drinking.

There can also be benefits to moderate consumption, including control of your blood cholesterol and reduction of the risk for coronary heart disease and adult onset diabetes for middle-aged and older men and for women after menopause. Speak with your healthcare provider about your drinking to identify what is right for you.