In old age, the body tolerates alcohol worse. From the age of 55 you are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol due to changes in your body.
An aging body has less body water and more fat, the liver and kidneys work less well and the body's resistance decreases. The same amount of alcohol leads to organ damage, higher blood alcohol content, lower tolerance and faster poisoning in people over 55 years old, compared to younger age. So simply put, you get drunk faster! In other words: If you are over 55 years old, you are generally more likely to be drunk and a small amount of alcoholic beverages can sometimes already have harmful effects.
From the age of 55 you experience more negative effects of a drink. Also, the feeling that you are under the influence of alcohol will last longer because the processing of this is slower. Hormone changes as you get older: The body of a person over 55 works differently than that of a younger person. At a young age, alcohol use produces more "endorphins (happiness hormone)" than in older people. With age, there is a chance that stress hormones are produced instead of these happiness substances.
The Health Council advises not to drink alcohol and if you do want to drink it, it is recommended not to drink more than one glass a day. This advice applies to both men and women. This advice is based on scientific literature and is described in the report “Guidelines for Good Nutrition 2015”.
People who have previously participated in Moti55 are generally positive about this. It has been found that they have halved their alcohol consumption on average. Some participants have stopped drinking alcohol altogether. Their level of knowledge about alcohol has also increased and they are regularly made to think about what alcohol can do to you. The participants did not know, for example, that alcohol can make you feel depressed, make you sleep worse or that it is carcinogenic. Quitting alcohol and also cutting back provides health benefits and improves quality of life.