November 26th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Alcoholism is one of the most deadly diseases that plagues our country — over 15 million people in the U.S. struggle with drinking. While this illness is bad enough for young and middle-aged adults, it can be even more devastating for seniors whose bodies can’t handle and process alcohol as easily.
If you are worried that an elderly Loved One in your life may be suffering from alcohol abuse, be sure you’re able to recognize the signs.
Why Seniors are Susceptible to Alcohol Abuse
Think about the reasons a lot of people drink alcohol — stress relief, loneliness, sometimes even boredom. Unfortunately, many seniors can experience those emotions, and when they don’t have people to turn to, they can turn to the bottle instead.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Seniors
It’s fine for your seniors to have a drink with dinner or at a family gathering, but when one drink turns to five, that’s not good. These are some common, tell-tale signs that your elderly Loved One may suffer from alcohol abuse.
Consistently has More Than One Drink Each Day
As we said, a drink with dinner is fine. However, it’s not a good sign if your senior is having 3+ drinks during their own “happy hour” every day.
Has a High Alcohol Tolerance
Since their bodies don’t process alcohol as well as they did when they were younger, seniors can’t really have that high of a tolerance in a healthy manner. This often leads seniors to drink more to “feel” the effects of their drink — which can create a dependency.
Lies About Their Drinking Habits
Sometimes, seniors can recognize that their drinking habits aren’t healthy, so they will try to hide how often they drink from their family and friends.
Has Health or Financial Issues Due to Drinking
If your senior find themselves in financial trouble due to how much money they spend on alcohol or has any physical or mental health problems due to their drinking, they likely suffer from alcohol abuse.
Helping Seniors Suffering from Alcohol Abuse
You should approach your senior with understanding and zero judgment in order to help them in their recovery. Using the help of a physician, a treatment program, and all the support of their Loved Ones can help your senior get sober and healthy.
When it comes to keeping your senior relatives happy and healthy, you can trust the professional caregivers at Loved Ones. With our “never alone” promise, you can rest assured that your loved ones will receive the best care possible.