Generally, aging lowers the body's tolerance for alcohol. People experience the effects of alcohol more quickly than when they were younger.
Drinking puts older adults at greater risk for falls, car crashes, and other unintentional injuries. Adults over 65 who are healthy and do not take medications should not have more than three drinks a day and seven in a week. Drinking more than this increases the risk of serious alcohol problems.
Heavy drinking makes certain health problems worse, too, including diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, liver problems, osteoporosis, memory problems, and mood disorders.
Drinking and Medications
Many medications, such as the ones listed here, can interact badly with alcohol:
- Cold and allergy medicine
- Cough syrup
- Sleeping pills
- Pain medication
- Anxiety or depression medicine
If you have a health problem or take certain medications, you may need to drink less or stop. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about alcohol and medications.