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, as you age, a smaller amount of alcohol has a bigger effect than before and that health risks of excessive drinking may increase.

There can also be benefits to moderate consumption for older people. For some middle-age and older men and women moderate drinking has been linked to certain health benefits. These include cardiovascular benefits and reduction in adult onset (type II) diabetes. Speak with your healthcare professional about your drinking to identify what is right for you.