In Wales the vast majority of adults drink alcohol. Most of them enjoy doing so and that includes older people. However, there are some reasons why older people should be particularly careful with alcohol.
As we get older, most of us start to drink less than we used to and some people decide not to drink at all. In late middle age and older, growing ill health is another reason why we might cut down or stop drinking. On the other hand in later life some of us may continue to drink much as we have done for years. Others may drink more than before as they have additional time on their hands since retiring.
Whatever the pattern of use, it is important to remember however, that our ability to handle alcohol diminishes in later life.
How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?
That depends on a number of factors but the general guidelines for safer drinking for those aged 18-60 are as follows:
For a number of reasons, alcohol affects older people more and we should aim for a lower level of drinking than this.
Experts suggest that perhaps a third to a half of the limits given above
What Is A Unit Of Alcohol?
Where Can I Get Help?
You may feel that it could be awkward asking for help with your drinking but the earlier you do something about it, the easier it will be to achieve some success. You can: