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The Dangers of ‘Overage’ Drinking

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT (05/13) – An extra shot of bourbon. One more glass of chardonnay. “Having another” can often go unnoticed or ignored when it’s an older adult who’s doing the drinking. After all, Grandpa’s lived a long life and shouldn’t be denied his own “cough medicine.” But there’s growing concern – and research – that shows such an approach can be wrongheaded. In fact, as far back as 1998, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration warned that alcohol and prescription drug problems among adults 60 and older were among the fastest-growing health issues facing the country, expressing worry about an “invisible epidemic” of substance abuse among seniors. Read more

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