Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is alcohol?
  2. Why are older people more sensitive to alcohol's effects than younger people?
  3. I've heard that drinking can make some health problems worse. Is that true?
  4. Is drinking alcohol and taking medicine bad for you?
  5. Sometimes I get a headache after drinking. Is it OK to take a painkiller?
  6. What parts of the body does drinking affect most?
  7. Is drinking good or bad for your heart?
  8. Does alcohol affect men and women differently?
  9. What safety problems can result from drinking alcohol?
  10. What effect can drinking have on driving?
  11. What effect can drinking have on my relationships?
  12. What is blood alcohol concentration?
  13. How much can older adults safely drink?
  14. How much is one alcoholic drink?
  15. How can you tell if an older person has a drinking problem?
  16. Why would someone start drinking late in life?
  17. What's the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence?
  18. My father was alcohol dependent. Does that mean I will be, too?
  19. What's the best treatment for someone with alcohol problems?
  20. What medicines are available to treat people with alcohol dependence?
  21. What can I do to cut back on my drinking?
  22. What kind of support is available to help me if I have a drinking problem?
  23. How can I tell if the treatment is working?
  24. How do I find help for a drinking problem?

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