1 in 10 older adults is a binge drinker, new report says

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Many American seniors are apparently abusing alcohol.

A new study by NYU’s School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCU Research found that one in 10 older adults report binge drinking.

Researchers say because this population is prone to other age-related issues, binge drinking is particularly dangerous.

Things like an increased risk of falling or alcohol interacting with medications are possible.

Binge drinking is defined as five drinks or more on the same occasion for men and four drinks or more for women.

The study also found that among adults 65 years and older, men and people who use cannabis are more likely to binge drink.

It was published Wednesday in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.

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