Aug 8, 2019
Ten percent of Americans on the verge of qualifying for Medicare and Social Security drink themselves to oblivion on a regular basis. A new NYU study reports this frightening statistic and adds that the tendency toward binge drinking is higher for men as well as tobacco or weed users.
The investigators studied nearly data from nearly 11,000 adults age 65 and older who responded to the recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The 10 percent of them who binge drink is up from the 8% number seen a decade earlier.
The golden years bring enough health issues on their own without adding alcohol-related illnesses. Most authorities recommend limiting alcohol consumption to 3 or fewer drinks a day.
Benjamin H. Han, Alison A. Moore, Rosie Ferris, Joseph J. Palamar. Binge Drinking Among Older Adults in the United States, 2015 to 2017. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2019; DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16071
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