Navigation Links
Older people may be at greater risk for alcohol impairment than teens, according to Baylor Study
Date:4/11/2013

An acute dose of alcohol may cause greater impairment in coordination, learning and memory in the elderly than in young people, according to a study by Baylor University.

Researchers said the findings have profound significance for older people a population that is aging worldwide at an unprecedented rate and that includes Baby Boomers as they become seniors.

"Health implications such as falls, accidents and poor medicine-taking are pretty easy to conclude," said Douglas B. Matthews, Ph.D., senior author of the paper, published online in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

In the United States, as many as 13 percent of men and 8 percent of women over age 65 engage in risky drinking behavior, with an estimated 1 to 3 percent of those afflicted with an alcohol use disorder, according to prior research. Because of improvements in medicine and public health, nutrition and education, people 65 and older will account for nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population by the year 2030, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

While previous data have indicated that aged people show significantly greater impairments than younger adults when alcohol is consumed, understanding the neurobiology underlying that increased sensitivity in the aged has been hampered by the lack of an adequate animal model, said Matthews, a research scientist in psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences and head of psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The Baylor research, the first of its kind, established a baseline of the acute effects of alcohol in aged populations, which can aid future research into neurobiology and in determining the effect of prolonged alcohol abuse.

The experiment included adult and aged rats (at least 18 months old), Matthews said. It showed a dramatic increase in ethanol-induced ataxia.

"We know a lot of neurobiological changes occur during aging which underlie age-related cognitive and behavioral deficits. It's reasonable to suspect a significant interaction exists between age-related and alcohol-induced effects in the brain," said Jim Diaz-Granados, Ph.D., a study co-author, chair of Baylor's department of psychology and neuroscience, and chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, a national organization.

"Our hope would be that further findings in this area will serve as a basis to educate the public regarding the risks and provide insights in the clinic," Diaz-Granados said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Terry Goodrich
terry_goodrich@baylor.edu
254-710-3321
Baylor University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Infection Might Raise Blood Clot Risk for Older Adults: Study
2. EKG Heart Test May Predict Risk in Older Adults
3. Callahan honored for improving older adults health in their doctors offices
4. Adding drug to standard chemotherapy provides no survival benefit for older lung cancer patients
5. Study examines drug regimen for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer among older patients
6. Avastin No Benefit to Older Lung Cancer Patients: Study
7. Women With Older Partners More Often Admitted to Nursing Homes
8. Bridging the gap in treatment for older women with breast cancer
9. Taking Away Car Keys Can Be Tough for Older Drivers
10. Researchers determine vitamin D blood level for reducing major medical risks in older adults
11. National poll: Low cost, lifesaving services missing from most older patients health care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mark Youssef ... 2014, incorporating the injectable filler into his menu of services to give his patients ... than a year later, he’s still improving his approach to ensure he stays at ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Excessive panting in the car or cowering when ... owners often think anxiety only manifests itself as trembling or ‘tail between the legs,’ ... things that be done about it,” says Dr. Jim Lowe, technical services veterinarian for ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... that it is launching a new client service center in La Vergne, Tennessee, ... and will provide the full range of Empyrean client services. , “Our Nashville-area ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Each year, about 800,000 people suffer ... across the United States and account for one death every four minutes. Many ... permanently disabled. HCR ManorCare is launching a video series called “Your Brain,” in conjunction ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 03, 2016 , ... United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s ... latest addition to its elite stable of Partner Firms. Benefits Alliance Insurance Services ... and Paul Vincent. The Firm is also led by industry and thought-leading COO ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... from Sino-German High-Tech Fund to further expand product development, strengthen its disease modeling capabilities and increase market presence. ... ... ... ... Sino-German High-Tech ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016   BIOTRONIK , ... today announced Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval ... that provides heart failure patients with access to ... also have remote monitoring with daily automatic transmission ... heart rate in response to physiological demands. ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016   Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is ... a video of two patients who tell their personal story and encourage those at risk ... Meet Jacque: Hepatitis C ... ... Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy (PRNewsFoto/Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: