Not Just For Seniors: April – Alcohol Awareness Month

By Rhonda Kay Leonard

United Homecare Services joins the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) in observing Alcohol Awareness Month in April.  One might not think of alcohol as an issue for people who are aging, but people of every age are at risk. The National Institute on Aging finds, “Familie08 Wine Glasss, friends, and healthcare workers often overlook their concerns about older people drinking. Sometimes trouble with alcohol in older people is mistaken for other conditions related to aging, for example, a problem with balance. But, how the body handles alcohol can change with age. You may have the same drinking habits, but your body has changed.”

If you drink, be aware of how medications, both over-the-counter and prescriptions interact with alcohol. Before taking any medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you can safely drink alcohol.

Also be aware that major life changes can sometimes contribute to unhealthy levels of alcohol consumption. Loss of loved ones, moving to a new home, or failing health can cause loneliness, boredom, anxiety, or depression. If you wonder if you drink too much, don’t hesitate to get help.UHS Logo

Many older adults decide to quit drinking in later life. You can do it too. There are many things you can do to cut back or stop drinking. You can:

Count how many ounces of alcohol you are getting in each drink.

Keep track of the number of drinks you have each day.

Decide how many days a week you want to drink. Plan some days that are free of alcohol.

Ask for support from your family and advice from your healthcare provider. Get the help you need to quit.

Join United Homecare Services and NCADD by participating in the Alcohol-Free Weekend, March 31st-April 2nd. Nurture your health and continue to enjoy life to the fullest.

This story is sponsored by United Homecare Services. If you are interested in finding out more or scheduling a no-obligation consultation, call 503-433-8079.