What can I do if I’m worried about someone else’s drinking?
How can I tell if the person is drinking too much?
It can often be difficult to tell if someone is drinking too much and whether this will affect their health. In all age groups, the majority of alcohol problems remain undiagnosed, but alcohol problems are even less likely to be detected in older adults.
Older adults with alcohol problems are often ashamed of their alcohol use and may be more likely to try to hide it. The signs can also be difficult to notice. For example, things like confusion or falls are often wrongly attributed to ageing rather than drinking too much.
If you are concerned about someone’s drinking, click on the below links for our advice on how you can watch out for signs and how you can help both practically and emotionally.
How do I start the conversation about my loved one’s drinking?Read more
What triggers should I be aware of?
People can develop a drink problem at any stage in life. However, there are lots of changes in life experience and circumstances that can cause people to drink more alcohol. These include retirement, changes in routine, or loss and bereavement.Read more
What warning signs do you look out for?Read more
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)