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People over 60

 A«vivid» oldage?

Everyone ages at a different rate, so as you age you need to reassess your drinking and how it affects you.
Your body’s ability to process alcohol decreases with age.

This happens because the water contained in your body decreases, which means that there is a higher concentration of alcohol in your blood.

However, according to evidence, the consumption of
one or two units of alcohol per day can help prevent coronary heart diseases in men over 40 and postmenopausal women.

The UK Government guidelines explain that middle aged women or elder men who do not drink or drink occasionally, and especially those at risk for heart disease «may want to consider the possibility that low responsible drinking may have benefits to health and life expectancy».
 
The consumption of large amounts of alcohol, however, may cause neural damage and memory loss.

Of course, just a drink a day is not a panacea, but if you can manage, at any age, to follow the following five instructions for a healthy heart
•    stay slim,
•    do not smoke,
•    exercise regularly,
•    eat lots of fruit and vegetables and little saturated fat,
•    drink moderately,
you increase your life expectancy due to a lower risk of stroke, diabetes and heart attack.

Research show that, apart from the benefits for a healthy heart for older people,
responsible drinking can also reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Medical treatment

You should be particularly careful when you combine medicines with alcohol.

Ask your doctor if you are not sure. The consumption of alcohol may also affect your balance and if you fall, you are more likely to get seriously injured.

If you take any medication, you should read the instructions to be sure that it is safe to drink alcohol. This applies also to non-prescribed medicines and herbal medicines.

Sedatives or palliatives can be dangerous when combined with alcohol. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice on any medicine you have been prescribed or already taking.