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Alcohol and Aging Kathleen King, ACSW AdvanceMed Hanford Anyone at any age can have a drinking problem. Older vs. Younger Older = less body water = less dilution and increase in intoxication. Women = even less water, and the enzyme that breaks down alcohol is less active. Fountain of Youth

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alcohol and aging

Alcohol and Aging

Kathleen King, ACSW

AdvanceMed Hanford

older vs younger
Older vs. Younger
  • Older = less body water = less dilution and increase in intoxication.
  • Women = even less water, and the enzyme that breaks down alcohol is less active.
fountain of youth
Fountain of Youth
  • If you want to stay young, don’t abuse alcohol.
  • Alcoholism causes premature aging of the brain.
  • Frontal lobe brain tissue loss.
    • Motor function
    • Problem solving
    • Memory
    • Language
medication and alcohol
Medication and Alcohol
  • 1+1 = 4

Alcohol potentiates the effect of pain killers, anxiety medication (Xanax), sleep medications.

effects of alcohol
Effects of Alcohol
  • Auto accidents.
  • Cancer.
  • Masks heart attack symptoms.
  • If diabetic, alcohol affects blood sugar.
  • Conflicts with family.
  • Poor performance at work.
get help if you
Get Help If You …
  • Drink to calm nerves, forget worries, get to sleep, deal with loneliness.
  • Skip a meal after a few drinks.
  • Gulp down drinks.
  • Frequently have more than 3 in 1 day.
  • Were drunk more than 3 times in last year.
  • Lie about or hide drinking.
  • Drink alone.

or, if your doctor has been worried.

how much is too much
How Much Is Too Much?
  • SAMHSA
    • Heavy use is 5 drinks 5x a month.
    • A binge is 5 drinks once a month.
low risk drinking
Low Risk Drinking
  • No more than 2 per day.
  • Do not drink at least 2 days of the week.
  • Risky drinking is …
    • More than 7 per week for women.
    • More than 14 per week for men.

Dr. Tom Babor, U. of Connecticut

benefits
Benefits?
  • Some studies suggest moderate drinking may offer some protection from heart disease.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse:
    • Points out this research is limited.
    • Recommends people over 65 consume no more than 1 drink per day.
help is available
Help Is Available
  • Call Kathleen King at AMH: 376-4418.
  • Talk to your doctor.
  • Call any treatment center (alcoholism in yellow pages).
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