As agencies across the state collaborate to promote the health and well-being of Virginians during Older Virginians Month, Virginia ABC reminds citizens that alcohol affects older adults differently, especially if mixed with medications.
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 drinks per week and less than three drinks per day. Drinking alcohol can make common health problems worse, such as diabetes, stroke, memory problems, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, cold and allergy medications, pain medications and anxiety or depression medications can have dangerous interactions with alcohol. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about whether it is safe to drink alcohol with your medications.
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) or from Virginia ABC's free resource guide Alcohol Basics for Older Adults.