Seniors more likely to binge drink than younger people

January 15, 2012 by , filed under: Senior Health 

The issue needs to be addressed now, say experts.

Adults over the ages of 65 binge drink more often than any other age group, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It was found that over-65s drink an average of five to six times each month.

Pamela S. Hyde, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator, said: “Binge drinking by adults has a huge public health impact, and influences the drinking behavior of underage youth by the example it sets. We need to reduce binge drinking by adults to prevent the immediate and long–term effects it has on the health of adults and youth.”

Alcohol can have dangerous effects if combined with medications like pain killers and anti depressants that are prescribed to many seniors, according to the National Institute on Aging. It can also worsen cases of high blood pressure, memory loss and stroke.

The study highlighted that drinking four or more drinks at one time for a man and five or more for a woman counts as binge drinking.


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