A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Over-age drinking

December is the booziest month of the year, as Canadians increase their alcohol intake by about 35 per cent. That’s a lot of eggnog.

That puts us even higher than the Italians, who drink about 30 per cent more than their monthly average in December, according to figures from a British think tank. At least we’re still behind the Britons, who tip their glasses 41 per cent more often.

It’s expected that moderation will give way to indulgence during the holidays. Who doesn’t spend a bit too much money, eat a few too many desserts and drink a tad too much wine? But there is a segment of the population, medical researchers warn, that might want to go easy on the Christmas spirits.

Drinking among the elderly has become a significant problem. Some doctors believe it’s more than a problem, calling it a “silent epidemic.” There are many theories why people begin drinking heavily later in life. They may be depressed, grieving the deaths of loved ones or suffering physical pain. Some drink because they are lonely. This social isolation is also why the problem goes largely unnoticed.

Alcohol abuse is easy to hide if you have limited interaction with other people. If you no longer work, there is no boss to notice slipping performance and erratic behaviour at the office. If you no longer drive, there is no car for police officers to spot oscillating about the yellow line on the road back from the pub. If your spouse has died and your children live far away, there is no one to recognize that the collection of empty bottles on your kitchen counter has become alarmingly extensive.

Unfortunately, the people best positioned to detect the problem — doctors — often ignore it, too. Professional bodies such as the American Medical Association have implored physicians to ask elderly patients about their drinking habits. Yet few do. Many doctors assume seniors are non-drinkers, are too embarrassed to ask questions about alcohol (doing so could appear disrespectful), or avoid detecting the problem because they don’t know how to treat it.

Alcohol abuse among the elderly is going to become an even greater problem as baby boomers, who drink more than previous generations, move into their retirement years. Although studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption has some health benefits, such as a reduced risk of acquiring a cardiovascular disease or diabetes, there are age-related risks to drinking even small amounts.

As we age, our bodies become less tolerant of alcohol and the stuff lingers in our bloodstream longer. People aged 65 and older are also on more medications than ever before, and alcohol can react with certain drugs and cause other complications.

That doesn’t mean older people can’t enjoy a nip. It just means they should be aware that a moderate amount of alcohol for a 70-year-old is not the same as that for a 40-year-old — something best learned before a tumble down stairs.

For seniors with drinking problems, the good news is that treatment is effective regardless of age. Aging societies like Canada need to be sensitive to age-related health hazards, and, sadly, alcohol abuse could be one of them.

source:  Ottawa Citizen

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Women who binge drink more likely to engage in unsafe sex

A U.S. study says women who have more than five alcoholic drinks at one sitting are at increased risk of having unsafe sex and contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Researchers at John Hopkins University medical school in Baltimore looked at the correlation between binge drinking and risky sexual behaviours in women. They interviewed patients at an….

Continue reading

DRINKING ALCOHOL DOES NOT PROTECT AGAINST CANCER

Most people like a bit of alcohol, so it’s natural to tune in to reports about its benefits. There are widespread rumours that certain types of alcohol, like red wine, can help to protect against cancer. And when it comes to the negative side of drinking, most people think of hangovers or liver problems. But….

Continue reading

Quit alcohol to lead a better life

Drinking alcohol has time and again proven to be hazardous for all. Several tragedies and unpleasant incidents can be credited to heavy drinking habits. Though it may seem difficult, the habit can be given up by following some simple and smart steps. Every Year, thousands die in alcohol-related tragedies – acute alcohol poisonings, car accidents,….

Continue reading

Abstinence the path to avoid alcoholism

Parents throughout Victoria and Canada are vehemently opposed to their children taking illicit drugs — but what about the most widely used, and deadliest drug of all? There is a killer that lives among us every day — a killer called alcohol. In recent years, it has been common practice for parents to condone underage….

Continue reading

Are Christian Treatment Centers Effective?

Christian treatment centers have a high success rate at not only helping people come clean from their addictions but also helping them stay clean once a person leaves the treatment center. One of the main reasons why Christian based treatment centers are effective is because many people who join become firm believers in Jesus Christ….

Continue reading