Can You Hold Your Alcohol As You Get Up In Age?

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While there may be plenty of ethical reasons as to why we must wait until 21 years old for a drink, there may be proof that the younger you can hold your liquor, then the better.

Ohio State University clinical psychologist Brad Lander has researched the proficiency of adults’ ability to process alcohol as they get older. Despite teens or young adults drinking to their advantage in a social occasion or event, adults are primarily more involved in excessive drinking when they attempt to “seek relief from the bored, loneliness and grief that are common with aging.”

“As we age, it takes longer for the body to break down alcohol,” he says. “It stays in the system longer. Tolerance also decreases.”

Lander speaks on how excessive drinking is in direct proportion to health problems, which are definitely in relation to age. The health problems from drinking are complicated by age and the decrease in physical abilities on the inside and outside of the body. Problems include:

  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • blood pressure
  • early-onset dementia
  • depression
  • and decreased sexual functions.

Lander recommends that seniors not have more than three drinks in one day or more than seven drinks in one week.

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