Some people whose drinking habits do not change over the years and decades may find that they develop problems with alcohol when they get older - aging lowers the body's tolerance for alcohol.

A drink now and again as one ages will not usually cause any harm.

However, alcohol can become a problem for older adults, especially if they are taking certain prescription medications, have health conditions, or do not control their alcohol intake.

NIH Senior Health, USA has issued a guideline, called Alcohol Use and Older Adults. It has helpful information about alcohol's effect and impact on the lifestyle, health and bodies of an ageing human.

Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., acting director of the NIH's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which developed the topic, said:

    Older adults can experience the effects of alcohol, such as slurred speech and lack of coordination, more quickly than when they were younger. If you're older and you drink, it is important to understand the implications this may have for your health, safety, relationships and lifestyle. The newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth provides an excellent overview of these issues in a format that is tailored for older adults.

The report also explains how much is safe to drink for the majority of older men and women. It also includes precautions people should take if they are on certain medications, as well as how to get help if drinking has become a problem.

Continued: Medical News Today