04. Less Alcohol, Longer Life
Did you know that your body’s relationship with alcohol changes as you age? As you enter your 50s, your body’s ability to metabolize alcohol decreases, meaning you may feel the effects of alcohol more strongly and for a longer period than you did when you were younger.
But there’s more to consider than just feeling the effects of alcohol. Heavy drinking can lead to serious health problems, including liver damage, immune system damage, and even certain types of cancer. Additionally, alcohol can worsen mood disorders such as depression, which can be particularly concerning for those over 50 who may already be dealing with age-related changes to their mental health.
However, moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to have some health benefits for those over 50. Drinking small amounts of alcohol regularly can help reduce rates of all-cause mortality and cancer. The recommended safe amount of alcohol for healthy adults over 50 is no more than 7 units per week for women and 8 units per week for men.
So, if you’re over 50 and regularly drinking more than the recommended amount, it might be time to re-evaluate your alcohol consumption habits. Your body and health will thank you for it!
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