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.

  • Alcohol and Medications
    Alcohol and Medications

    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.

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  • Family, friends and carers guide
    Family, friends and carers guide

    This guide intends to provide advice and information for anyone who is concerned about someone else’s drinking. This can be a family member, a spouse or partner, or a close friend who is aged over 50. A localised version of this guide is available for each of our Drink Wise, Age Well areas, you can contact them directly for a copy.

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