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I Don't Drink Too Much ! | by Neil. Moralee
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I Don't Drink Too Much !

Candid street shot Porto Portugal.

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Alcohol tends to affect older women more than younger women

 

As we get older, we lose muscle and gain fat. We also break down alcohol more slowly, which means we’re more sensitive to its effects. So, even if you drink the same amount of alcohol as you get older it is likely to affect you more than younger people. Middle aged to older people tend to drink less alcohol than younger people, but even so, one in 15 older women (and one in six older men) are drinking enough to harm themselves .

 

When women reach the menopause their bodies are affected by changing hormones. Alcohol can trigger some symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes and night sweats. Menopause can also disrupt your sleep because of night sweats and cause you to gain weight. Alcohol often makes both of these issues worse.

 

As we get older, our bones slowly get thinner too, particularly in women after the menopause – drinking a lot of alcohol can make this worse, increasing your risk of osteoporosis (a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become weak and fragile and more likely to break) .

 

Take care.

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Taken on October 14, 2015