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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Seniors and Alcohol - New Study Says More Than 1 Drink Per Day Unhealthy, At Risk for Falls, Social Problems, Medical Problems

A new study from the American Geriatric Society says medical problems, social problems, and falls are some of the results when older Americans consume too much alcohol, especially because the limits are much lower for older people. At an article by JoNel Allecia, Health Writer, dated March 7, 2008 is titled "Last Call Comes Even Earlier For Senior Drinkers - More than a drink a day puts the 65 plus set at risk, new study says." The article says "nearly one in ten older U.S. adults is an unhealthy drinker" according to a new study published by the American Geriatrics Society.

The study says that more than 7 drinks in a week, or more than 3 in one day "exceed the recommended limits set by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism." A single drink is a 12 ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, according to the Institute.

The article said men under 65 have a different recommended cut-off limit, which is 2 drinks per day instead of one.

Health issues and combinations of medications can also make alcohol consumption limits change as people age.

Elizabeth Merrick, co-author of the Brandeis University study of 12,400 Medicare recipients in 2003 said, "A lot of people do not know the limits are that low for older people."

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