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Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 95, will celebrate her platinum jubilee next year without her favorite afternoon martini. vanity fair report.

“The Queen has been told [by her doctors] “To skip your evening drink, which is usually a martini,” a family friend of the royal family told Vanity Fair. “It’s not really a big deal for him, he’s not a big drinker, but it seems a little unfair that at this stage he has to give up one of the very few pleasures in his life.”


According to several reports, due to the natural changes that occur in the body as we age and the metabolism of alcohol slows down as we get older, drinking alcohol can have serious health consequences.

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According to a recent Harvard Health report, adults 65 and older are expected to surpass the number of children by 2034 for the first time in US history. It noted the trend of alcohol use among older adults in recent years, with almost half of those over the age of 65 reported to have consumed alcohol in 2019. national council on aging.

Nearly two out of every three adults between the ages of 50-80 reported drinking alcohol in the past year, the 2021 University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging reported, with nearly one in four in this group reporting at least one on six or reported drinking more drinks. chance.

Dr. Anne Fernandez, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, who worked with the poll team on the report, noted to Granthshala News:

“In many cases, especially for older adults, not drinking alcohol at all is the safest option. While occasional light alcohol use is considered low risk, it is not true for all people.”

She continued, “No amount of alcohol is considered ‘safe’ for pregnant women, those taking certain medications, and those with certain medical conditions. Many drugs and chronic health conditions become more common as people age and thus Avoiding alcohol is often the safest option.”

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The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recommends for healthy adults over the age of 65 who are not on prescription drugs to limit alcohol to no more than seven drinks. per week. Harvard Health defined a standard drink as “containing 14 grams of alcohol,” which is typically contained in 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor. spirits

As we get older, our bodies take longer to metabolize alcohol, so it stays in our bloodstream longer. american family doctor. Additionally, older adults have less water in their bodies than they did when they were younger, so even when they drink alcohol, they are at higher risk of dehydration because alcohol makes us urinate more. Cleveland Clinic.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Don E. Sugarman, who wrote a recent article on alcohol and aging, advised Granthshala News:

“Older adults need to carefully consider the risks of drinking alcohol, as they are more vulnerable to negative effects, including heart and liver problems, memory issues, and a weakened immune system.”

She also said, “For people who are taking prescription drugs, abstinence from alcohol is often recommended because mixing certain drugs with alcohol can be dangerous or even fatal.”

NS 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Be advised that older adults have a choice: they can choose to drink or not drink alcohol in moderation, with alcohol consumption up to two (or less) per day in men and one (or less) in women. limit so as to reduce the risks associated with drinking. They emphasize older adults who are on any potential prescription drugs that may interact with alcohol or have chronic medical or mental health conditions that may be made worse by drinking should not drink alcohol.

Dr. Eli G. Aun, addiction forensic psychiatrist at Columbia University and a member of the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees, notes to Granthshala News that health care professionals and the general public often forget that older Americans drink, too.

He said, “This issue is so important that co-occurring medical, mental and cognitive disorders, including dementia, make seniors more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, resulting in decline, impaired memory, and overall There are poor health outcomes.”

He reminded that addressing alcohol use among older adults should be linked to managing stressors such as retirement, financial stress, loneliness, and medical problems that can contribute to drinking.

“My advice to adults over the age of 65 is to keep track of how much alcohol they use, how often, how often they drink (and how heavy their pour is). If you find yourself drinking more than three get regular drinks per day, or 7 per week, talk to your doctor about it.”

To learn more on this topic, Aun recommends these helpful resources: Oregon Health & Science University Diagnostic Equipment Section, their handout low risk drinking limit, And this NIAAA Rethinking Wine venue.

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