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As people get older their bodies metabolize alcohol differently due to the reduction in body mass and water content. This makes them more susceptible to the intoxicating effects with less alcohol.

The National Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines provide limits for alcohol consumption in adults and indicate when zero is the limit. In 2012, The Society for the Study of Addiction indicates that adults over the age of 65 should limit alcohol consumption to no more than one standard drink a day, with no more than seven per week.

You may have heard that alcohol provides health benefits; this is true for those over the age of 45 and with less than one standard drink a day. However these benefits are linked with cardiovascular health only. Alcohol is a cancer causing agent, if you have a personal or family history of cancer you may want to avoid alcohol all together.
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