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Alcohol Consumption & Aging – New Developments

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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A drink a day keeps the heart doctor away! True or False?

Many people swear by the benefits of consuming “one drink per day.” The health benefits of moderate* alcohol consumption have been controversial but what is a well known fact is that heavy drinking puts one at high risk for several chronic diseases. *(The American Heart Association describes moderate alcohol consumption as 1 or 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women.)

Recently, the National Institute of Health - Senior Health issued a warning for older adults on the health risks of alcohol consumption.

 

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14 September, 2010 | Santosh | Reply

Santosh In your opinion will just 1 drink a day help or harm especially for people like us who have always had and enjoyed a drink or two ?

23 August, 2010 | Krithika | Reply

Krithika My Dad is 73 years old and a widower. He drinks about 60 - 90 ml almost everyday. He is a hypertensive and also had stroke in the past. His food consumption has decreased off late and he is not ready to quit drinking. HE says that he is bored and no socializing as my brother has a transferable job. We are unable to help him in any way. Any suggestions.

02 September, 2010 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Hello Krithika,
I can understand how you feel at this point of time. Many older adults do resort to excessive drinking because of loneliness, as is the case with your dad. Given his medical conditions it is rather dangerous for him to drink this much. Please insist that he go out for a walk to some park everyday - he will meet people of his age group and get to socialise, which will make him feel better. He can join a yoga class or even some religous group where he gets to meet more people. You will need to help him and even coax him into it if needed. All the best.

20 August, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Sangeetha I can also add that many take it as they are lonely, in emotional pain, insecure or a whole lot of emotional causes. Many of the ex defence personnel who are used to drinking it continue as it is a habit.

20 August, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy It has been found that seniors use alcohol to lessen the pain associated with loss of physical capacity and relieve themselves from severe chronic pain. Also lack of good social network, living alone, to cope with personal problems make seniors resort to alcohol more.

18 August, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi A simple tip for the elderly people to ease the effect of even one drink alcohol. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Staying well hydrated will counter the effect of excess alcohol circulation in the blood and prevent dehydration, the cause of the symptoms mentioned above. No amount of water is too much. It also helps if you eat complex carbs like whole wheat toast, cereal etc to absorb the alcohol.

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Tags: Alcohol Abuse, Alzheimers & Nutrition, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Lifestyle Diseases, Health Hazards, Healthy Lifestyle, Seniors Health

 

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