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Holiday Drinking: 5 Ways Aging Matters

1 holidayTis the season for alcohol to flow regularly. Office parties, get togethers, holidays celebrations.

But does your age make a difference when it comes to alcohol consuming?

As you age, you lose muscle mass, body water and tend to add more fat. Alcohol doesn’t distribute in your fat, meaning it will circulate in your bloodstream more and be metabolized in your liver. The liver gets bigger as we age, but less efficient. And the enzyme responsible for breaking down alcohol decreases too.

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Aging means less alcohol has more effect than when you were younger.

Think about medications you may be taking. Drug-interaction is a major concern with alcohol. One of the common problems is acetaminophen (Tylenol) and alochol. The two can damage the liver.

Long-term alcohol use can also raise blood pressure and irritate the stomach.

The brain  is more sensitive to alcohol and cognitive impairment happens more quickly.

Sleep is more affected and interrupted.

Aging matters. The effects of alcohol are more problematic on the liver and brain. Moderate drinking, defined as two drinks per day for men and one for women, can have some health benefits, but moderate is the key. So limit your consumption this holiday season and go for the nonalcoholic options. Your aging body will thank you.

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