Over-65 drinkers in health alert: Doctors call for alcohol safety levels to be halved for pensioners

| August 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Fiona Macrae

Health risk: Pensioners have been warned to drink less alcohol or risk damaging their health

Pensioners were warn

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer.

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ed last night to drink less alcohol or risk severely damaging their health.

Doctors and public health experts said heavy drinking among the elderly was a ‘hidden problem’ and safe limit guidelines for over-65s should be halved.

They warned that older people were unaware of the health risks and that their bodies were less able to cope.

They said metabolism was slower in the elderly, meaning the toxic chemicals linger longer in the body, while drunkenness can raise the odds of depression and mask the development of dementia.

Alcohol-related falls can lead to years of disability, while drinks can interfere with prescription pills, with dangerous effects.

Retirement, bereavement and loneliness can all increase the thirst for alcohol, which can trigger problems from dementia to disabling falls and liver damage.

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