The oldest old stay healthy until almost the end then drop dead.
Retirement = work.
Of retiring employees, 12 percent increased their risky drinking at the time of retirement. However, for most people, there was no change in risky level alcohol consumption around the time of retirement: 81 percent sustained healthy drinking during the follow-up, and in 7 percent of the participants risky drinking was constant, although they experienced a slow decline in risky level alcohol consumption after retirement. In the study, the levels for risky drinking were 24 units per week for men and 16 units for women, or passing out due to extreme alcohol consumption.
I cannot recall passing out from alcohol so I guess I’m OK.
“I had been nursing this baby through a drought, and I was pretty pissed to tell you the truth.”
Rather than link each individual article separately I’ve provided a link to the table of contents for this collection on geriatric emergencies.
What underwriter wouldn’t get excited about Evaluation of Syncope in Older Adults. This is exciting stuff!
Also unclear is whether heavy drinking during a person’s teens and 20s, when important brain connections are still forming, has a lasting effect on brain function in later life.