Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Don't hate me, but older people need to stop having fun
Drinking is harder on you as you age. Bear this in mind during the hols.
Older people tend to be borderline dehydrated--their bodies soak up liquor.
The liver is also changing--getting bigger but less efficient. The enzymes that break down alcohol decrease.
Often the glass or two of wine you used to look forward to can give you a headache.
Also older people take a lot of meds--these can interact with the hooch. A big one to look out for is blood thinners--coumadin or warfarin. Many docs say not to drink if you are on that.
Booze also can cause brain changes--and you know how we don't want THOSE when we get older.
And it interrupts sleep and you know how older people need their sleep.
So--quit drinking? You don't have to, but limit it to one drink a day max for women and two for men, preferably not every day.
And never wear a hat like that guy.