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Why older adults drinking more poses problems, according to experts

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Retirement could be a time for fun activities, but experts caution against increasing alcohol consumption among older adults. The rise in drinking among people aged 65 and older poses greater health risks. The percentage of older adults who drink each month, particularly women, is increasing. The Baby Boomer generation, known for consuming more alcohol, is contributing to the rising trend. This demographic change could burden the healthcare system. Age-related changes in the body make older adults more susceptible to alcohol-related harms. The impact of alcohol on driving, reaction time, memory, and balance is greater in older adults. Combining alcohol and medication is risky, as is weakening the body’s ability to fight infections. Experts advise older adults to decrease or eliminate alcohol intake for better health. Screening tools can help identify problem drinking in older adults.