So, Your Parents Drink Too Much? Scientists Now Targeting Elderly Boozers


It is not our wont to get all depressing on a Friday — not even a sunny, gorgeous Friday like this one — but this drinking study just came out, and since it’s not just Friday but also time for your installment of “Tragicomic Fridays” (as if this didn’t suffice), here we go:

According to a new UCLA study,

More than a third of drinkers 60 years old and older consume amounts of alcohol that are excessive or that are potentially harmful in combination with certain diseases they may have or medications they may be taking.

This is probably not a surprise to anyone who has spent any time in Florida’s gated communities. But this may be:

Older adults are considered “at risk” if they display at least one of the following drinking behaviors: consuming more than two drinks on most days; consuming one to two drinks on most days along with having gout, hepatitis, or nausea; consuming one to two drinks on most days and taking medications like antidepressants or sedatives.

The biggest risk group turned out to be those between 60 and 64 with annual household incomes between $80,000 and $100,000. You know, the ones who can afford the good stuff.

Now, just because I happen to come from a family where cocktail hour starts at 6 sharp and a two-drink night means someone’s battling the flu doesn’t mean I’m going to attack the veracity of this study. However, I do think it may be leaving out some key factors. Like, what if these older folks didn’t drink? ‘Cause that’s when things can get really scary.