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Senior Alcohol and meds

Senior Alcohol and their meds

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senior alcoholSenior alcohol consumption and Medication 

In general, senior alcohol is no problem for most  men and women in good health over age 65.  They should not drink more than three drinks a day or a total of seven drinks a week. Drinking more than these amounts puts seniors at risk of serious senior alcohol problems. However, Seniors can still have problems within these limits.  Depending on their health and how senior alcohol problems  affects them, seniors need to drink less than these limits.  Some seniors shouldn’t drink at all if it will cause bad side effects with their medication or not at all.

Alcohol and Aging

Adults of any age can have problems with alcohol.   Seniors don’t drink as much as younger people, but many still have trouble with drinking. Seniors as the get older, their are changes in their bodies. They often develop health problems or chronic diseases. They may take more medications with a pill box than they used to. All of these changes can make alcohol use a serious problem for seniors.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health  conducted in 2010 found : 40 percent of seniors age 65 and older drink alcohol. Most Seniors don’t have a drinking problem, but some of them do have a problem. Sometimes people don’t know they have a drinking problem. Men are more likely than women to have problems with alcohol.

Alcohol and Medicines

Many Seniors take medicines, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter (non-prescription) drug.. Drinking alcohol can cause some pills to not work properly and other medicines to become  dangerous and sometimes even fatal.. Mixing alcohol and some medicines can cause sleepiness, confusion, or lack of coordination, which may lead to accidents and injuries. It also may cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, and other more serious health problems.  Before loading you smart pill box, make sure you know the side effect of ingestion with alcohol consumption.  MED-Q Smart pill reminder can do more harm than good

Some Medicines and Alcohol Don’t Mix

Hundreds of medicines interact with alcohol in a negative way and can actually be harmful. Here are some examples:

  • Drinking alcohol and taking some medicines that aid sleep, reduce pain, or relieve anxiety or depression can cause a range of problems, including sleepiness and poor coordination as well as difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat and memory problems.
  • Drinking alcohol and taking medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers, gout, and heart failure can make those conditions worse.Taking aspirin or arthritis medications and drinking alcohol can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach.Taking the painkiller acetaminophen and drinking alcohol can increase the chances of liver damage.
  • Cold and allergy medicines that contain antihistamines often makes people sleepy. Drinking alcohol can make this drowsiness worse and impair coordination..

When loading your pill organizer make sure you don’t suffer these consequences.  Medications stay in the body for hours or even days. There can still be a problem if you drink alcohol hours after taking a pill from your pll box. . Read the labels on all medications before you load your pill box.  Be sure to follow the directions. Some medication labels warn people not to drink alcohol when taking the medicine. Ask a doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider whether it’s okay to drink alcohol while taking your medicine.

Seniors are Sensitive to Alcohol’s Effects

As people age, they may become more sensitive to alcohol’s effects. One reason is that seniors  break down alcohol more slowly than younger people. So, alcohol stays in Senior’s bodies longer. Also, the amount of water in the body goes down with age. Because of the decrease in fluids, seniors have a higher percentage of alcohol in their blood than younger people after drinking the same amount of alcohol.  Aging lowers the body’s tolerance for alcohol.   Seniors often develop a drinking problem even though their drinking as not increased.

Drinking Can Cause or Worsen Health Problems

Drinking too much alcohol causes many  health problems. Heavy drinking will damage the liver, the heart, and the brain. It will also increase the risk of developing other diseases.  Examples: certain cancers and immune system disorders as well as damage muscles and bone.  Seniors that drink to much will make current health issues worse.. Such as, liver problems, kidney problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and memory loss. Drinking leads to other health issues as well,  include mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.   Major depression  can cause senior alcohol problems

How to avoid Senior Alcohol problems?  Drinking in moderation with control over your medication side effects can still lead to a Good Quality of Life.

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