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Here’s Why Hangovers Hurt Worse After 30

According to science, there’s a biological reason the effects of alcohol are harder on our bodies as we age.

As we age, our relationship with alcohol should change as well.

When we’re young, our organs are capable of withstanding most bad decisions we make. But, as our bodies slowly start losing their elasticity to take abuse, alcohol can play a different role.

Alcohol, no matter how the advertising industry tries to spin it, is a poison.

Every year, an estimated 88,000 people die of alcohol-related causes, making it the third most preventable form of death in the United States behind tobacco use, poor diet, and lack of exercise, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

The World Health Organization also reports that the average American drinker consumes more than nine liters — or about two and a half gallons — of pure alcohol a year, and about a quarter of all drinkers report heavy drinking in December.

While alcohol impacts everyone, it can be particularly rough on the elderly, or those over the age of 65. Some continue to drink as they always have, while others, who may have abstained from alcohol throughout their lives, start drinking in their golden years.

Both can create their own host of problems.

Brad Lander, PhD, psychologist and addiction medicine specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center warns that, as we age, alcohol can create problems with balance and decrease reaction time leading to accidents, among other things.

“Drinking among seniors is different than people who are younger,” Lander told . “Accidents is one of the biggest problems.”

While alcohol is often associated with motor vehicle accidents, for seniors, something as simple as getting up and down the stairs can lead to slips and falls, risks that are compounded with acute and heavy alcohol use.

But what about a glass a day?

It seems study after study comes out on a regular basis showing the protective effects of drinking alcohol, typically a glass of wine a day.

Joel Garrison, DO, family medicine physician at Piedmont Physicians Monroe Family Practice in Monroe, Georgia, says that while there is some evidence that small amounts of alcohol can be beneficial in

preventing heart attacks, there’s also evidence that small amounts of alcohol can increase your risk for stroke.

“It is certainly a double-edged sword,” Garrison told Healthline. “The benefit may be outweighed by the risk, or at least the benefit negated by the risk.”

But when small amounts become big amounts, Garrison says alcohol

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