03 Apr Elderly Problems: Alcohol Abuse
Should drinking really be considered an elderly problem? Some psychological articles suggest that it can actually be a good thing. It seems that alcohol may now be used as a way to boost the function of the brain; and it is certainly and a glass of wine with dinner or by the fireplace is a great way to unwind.
Psychological articles inform us that moderate drinking provides a sense of well being and even if it does not significantly boost brain power, it still appears not to cause elderly problems when used in moderation.
If you drink moderately—a glass or two a day—then bottoms up! But it is important to also remember that for some, drinking can be a very serious, and alcoholism is often an overlooked elderly problem. As we age and experience loneliness and losses, there can be a tendency in some, to drink to dull the pain. A psychological article in “The Elder Law Journal” states that about one sixth of Americans over the age of sixty drink to excess. These are not people that have had habitual alcoholic issues, but rather, people who have turned to drinking as a form of comfort to alleviate elderly problems of facing mortality, depression, and loss of youth and health.
There are reasons the elderly problem of drinking is often either ignored or unnoticed. One reason is that oftentimes seniors or aging baby boomers are living alone, and thus not drinking in front of others. Additionally, a retired senior may have lost some driving independence, and thus is less likely to have trouble with DUI’s or other noticeable behaviors such as being drunk and rowdy in a bar, and therefore may escape notice by law enforcement. However, as a loving family member or friend, it is imperative to keep an eye out for signs of the elderly problem of alcohol abuse and ensure that your loved one is drinking moderately and not developing a serious alcohol problem.
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