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How does alcohol affect the elderly?

Even if you don't imbibe more as a senior than you did throughout your life, alcohol will affect you more intensely. That's because as we age, we lose lean body mass and take on body fat. Body fat decreases the body's amount of water. Alcohol is soluble in water, so if a 21-year-old and a 65-year-old drink the same amount, the blood-alcohol level of the older person will be higher.

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