Why does my age matter?
Grey hairs, wrinkles and the middle-age spread will come to us all – as will worse hangovers. As part of the ageing process our bodies no longer process alcohol so well. One reason for this is having more body fat, which is less able to breakdown alcohol.
For many of us changes in our life are cause for celebration such as retirement or the children leaving home. For some this can lead to a feeling of loss. Life changes can be made even tougher if we experience bereavement or if we become a carer. These are just some of the reasons people may find they drink more than they did before.
It’s now much more common to drink at home rather than the local pub. When people drink at home it’s easy to be much more generous with measures when pouring your drink, making it easy to lose track of how much you’re drinking. Learning more about how much you’re drinking or using a unit measure is a simple way to keep track.
It’s often the case that someone has been drinking too much for years, but as they age older this starts to have a more serious effect on many aspects of their lives.
Additionally, sometimes alcohol can mask or hide other underlying health issues that you or your doctor might not be aware of. Cutting back can increase your chance of getting the right medical advice and support.
When we get older it is more likely that we will be prescribed medication for a number of reasons. As we age our metabolism and the ability of our liver to process medications can slow down so it is very important that we carefully consider how alcohol can affect some medications.Download PDF (185.5KB)
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