Rethink the drink

Did you know that 9% of elderly people with Medicare drink more than 30 drinks a month? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines “risky drinking” as more than 14 drinks per month for men, and 7 drinks per month for women.

There are lots of changes that happen with age, and some of them, like physical pain, loss of mobility, and loneliness can lead to alcohol misuse. Drinking too much alcohol increases your risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, bad interactions with medications, and some types of cancer.

If you think you could be misusing alcohol, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to remind you that Medicare covers alcohol misuse screening & counseling to provide counseling for people who misuse alcohol.