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14 Ways Alcohol Affects the Aging Process

By Lisa Esposito, Staff Writer for US News


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From the US News slide show by Lisa Esposito:

"Moderation is key.

No doubt about it – a lifetime of hard drinking takes a toll. Liver damage, dementia and skin aging are all more likely with long-term alcohol abuse. For seniors who are lighter drinkers, though, the message is mixed. Alcohol tolerance is lower, and hangovers last longer with age. Drinking can worsen forgetfulness. But the news isn't all bad, and drinking in moderation may even have some health benefits for seniors. See the different ways drinking affects healthy aging."