Habits die hard and one of such acquired behavious that just refuses to go away is drinking.

Some persons have become addicted to it that they do not consider their age and the impact alcohol could have on their health.

Those who understand drink less as they grow older.

But some others maintain heavy drinking patterns throughout life while some develop problems with alcohol for the first time during their later years and there is a reason for it.

The Harvard Medical School says many challenges that can arise at this stage of life — reduced income, failing health, loneliness and the loss of friends and loved ones — may cause some people to drink to escape reality.


But these factors do not take away the fact that drinking, even at normal levels, in old age becomes increasingly risky.

This is because at old age, your ability to metabolise alcohol declines.

“After drinking the same amount of alcohol, older people have higher blood alcohol concentrations than younger people because of such changes as a lower volume of total body water and slower rates of elimination of alcohol from the body.

Alcohol is available in small bottles that anyone can get along the road in most Nigerian cities

“That means the beer or two you could drink without consequence in your 30s or 40s has more impact in your 60s or 70s,” the medical school writes.

Health Risks

Your body might also experience other age-related changes that increase the risks associated with drinking.

1.    Your eyesight and hearing may deteriorate and your reflexes might slow.

2.    These kinds of changes can make you feel dizzy, high, or intoxicated even after drinking only a small amount.

Here are also more reasons you should give quitting alcohol intake a thought as you age and if you want to stay alive, you should adhere to this.

3.    Because the intake of alcohol at old age can make you feel dizzy, you are more likely to have alcohol-related falls, automobile collisions, or other kinds of accidents.

4.    Drinking can also worsen many medical conditions common among older people, such as high blood pressure and ulcers.

5.    In addition, older people tend to take more medicines than younger individuals. They are usually tempted to mix alcohol with over-the-counter prescription drugs which can be dangerous or even fatal.

Here are a few things to do to overcome alcohol addiction.

1. Set the goal of when to stop

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Make plans to achieve them including staying away from where you drink and people willing to buy you that extra glass.

Let people know that you no longer want to take alcohol. 

Form new habits and ensure you listen to your conscience. Seek professional help.

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