There are a lot of changes that happen with age, and some of them, like physical pain, loss of mobility, and loneliness can lead to alcohol misuse. As people age, they become more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Over time, someone’s drinking habits may become a problem.
Older adults who drink may be at a higher risk for falls or other injuries. And alcohol can make some health problems worse, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems. It can also cause bad interactions when mixed with prescription or over-the-counter medications. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends adults 65 and over who are healthy and don’t take medications have no more than 3 drinks on a given day or 7 drinks in a week.
If you think you or a loved one could be misusing alcohol, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to remember that Medicare covers alcohol misuse screening counseling to provide counseling for people who misuse alcohol.