Interesting article in the New York Times. It seems that both alcohol and drug abuse is on the rise in older U.S. citizens. When it comes to alcohol, some of that has to do with the body’s decreasing ability to process alcohol. It stays in our body longer as we age. Someone who could handle 2 drinks, may not find they can do so at age 60 or older.
The article also discusses how retirement may be impacting substance abuse. In retirement there can be depression, divorce, death of a spouse, moving into a smaller residence, and a lot more free time. Boredom can be a leading cause of substance abuse.
You can read the full article here.