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Should I worry that my elderly mom consumes more than one drink a day?

More than one drink a day puts your elderly mom above the recommended limit of no more than seven drinks in a week for women. Your mother may have a problem, and her healthcare provider should be consulted if her alcohol consumption is exceeding the recommended limits of no more than three standard drinks in one day and no more than seven standard drinks per week. Tolerance levels decrease as people age, and some studies indicate that older women get addicted faster using smaller amounts than any other group. As noted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), individual responses to alcohol vary, and drinking at lower levels may be problematic for those who are older or have coexisting medical conditions or take medications that should not be used in conjunction with alcohol.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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