Celebrations involving family members should be happy—
moments that we cherish—
but remember that alcohol affects older adults differently than it did in their younger years, especially if mixed with medications. Create the best memories by encouraging older adults to drink responsibly.
Virginia ABC offers education, training and resources to prevent the misuse of alcohol and medications as adults age. Learn more from the Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG)
Minimize the Risk
The National Institutes of Health recommends that adults older than 65, who are healthy and do not take medications, follow these limits:
- No more than seven standard drinks per week .
- For men, no more than three drinks in a day.
- For women, recommendations are slightly lower.
Drinking more than these amounts puts you at risk of serious alcohol problems.
CAUTION: If you have a health problem or take certain medications, you may need to drink less or not at all!
Drinking alcohol can make these common health problems worse, such as diabetes, stroke, memory problems, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Virginia ABC offers training to help sellers and servers become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. Learn more
about ABC-sponsored training.
Education and Prevention
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The mission of Virginia ABC Education and Prevention is to eliminate underage and high-risk drinking by building the capacity for communities to educate individuals and prevent alcohol misuse.
Access to Virginia ABC's website will be interrupted from 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, through 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, as the commonwealth performs internet maintenance.