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[Article] Reducing alcohol consumption for older adults

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Reducing alcohol consumption for older adults


Mar 27, 2024 - McMaster University -

As we journey through life, our habits and routines evolve, especially when it comes to our relationship with alcohol. For many older adults, alcohol may have played a significant role in social gatherings, celebrations, and even relaxation. However, as Canada’s alcohol consumption guidelines have changed, it’s important to re-evaluate our relationship with alcohol, especially as we age.


It is estimated that around 80% of Canadians consume alcohol, and of those who drink, over six million are considered heavy drinkers. This puts people at risk of developing chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. Canada’s alcohol consumption guidelines, developed by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, were recently updated and state that no amount of alcohol is considered safe and recommends that people consume no more than two standard drinks in a week.

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    Apr 04, 2024

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    McMaster University


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