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Alcohol / Drugs - Alcohol and Older Adults

Alcohol and Older Adults

The older adult population consumes alcohol at similar rates to those of younger adults. Senior’s also have the same rate of problems with alcohol as younger adults, and use alcohol to cope with similar problems (PHAC, 2010).

Senior’s bodies, however, process alcohol more slowly than younger adults, which makes this age group more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol. Consumption of alcohol by the older adult increases the risk of falls and can worsen health conditions (PHAC, 2010), for more information check out our Alcohol and Health page.

For more information on alcohol and prescription medications see the Alcohol and Other Substances page.


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References:

The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on The State of Public Health in Canada 2010. Chapter 3: The Health and Well-being of Canadian Seniors. Public Health Agency of Canada. (Modified 2010 October 28).




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