Older Adults more Effected by Alcohol
There is a study saying that older adults are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than young adults. Reason being is older adults have less lean body mass, less body water and a slower metabolism; which makes them absorb alcohol more rapidly and gives them a higher body concentration. Their organs are also more sensitive to alcohol, and it puts them at higher risk for its toxic effects. As a result, attention, coordination and dexterity are more likely to be impaired.
Other risk factors associated with excessive drinking in older adults includes loss of social status, loss of significant others through death, separation or divorce and reduced ability to walk. Other factors may include and are not limited to financial difficulty, medical problems and social isolation. If you or a loved one has become consumed by the substance dependency it’s never too late to seek treatment. For details about Seabrook and all the services we can provide, visit: www.seabrook.org.