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How can drinking alcohol affect me as I get older?

Alcohol affects older people more intensely than younger people because of changes in body chemistry as we age. So you might not know your limits as well as you once did. For seniors, alcohol can increase the risk of falls and car crashes. Plus, alcohol can wreak havoc with medications, negating their effects, exacerbating their side effects and even making them toxic.

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