As You Age, Alcohol May Be Harder to Handle
By Steven Reinberg
Seniors may be more vulnerable to alcoholism, a psychologist warns.
"As we age, it takes longer for the body to break down alcohol. It stays in the system longer. Tolerance also decreases. Excessive drinking can compromise your immune system and can lead to some forms of cancer," said Brad Lander, an addiction medicine specialist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.