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Alcohol: Are you feeling its effects?

Written by Diane Archer

According to the National Institute on Health, it is often the case that people feel the effects of alcohol more as they age.  That’s why the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends that people over 65 drink no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three drinks a day. Curious what makes up a drink? Click here.

Some health problems, such as high blood pressure or mood disorders, can be made worse with alcohol intake. And, alcohol interactions with your medications could jeopardize your health. The NIH strongly recommends that you speak with your doctor if you are drinking alcohol while on medications or in poor health.

Alcohol can interact with many medications and could potentially cause more health problems. You might want to alter your drinking habits in order to lower your blood pressure, be good to your liver or otherwise feel better. You may have read that red wine in moderation is good for you.  There is some data to suggest this is true and some data to suggest it is not.  Regardless, the key is to drink in moderation.

Keep in mind that Medicare covers some services to help people with drinking problems.  For more information, take a look at this NIH publication.

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