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The Hazards of Alcohol Use and Abuse Among Older Adults

Alcoholdrew-beamer-P6b8YbIIC54-unsplash (2)My neighbor Joe was rarely without a hip flask during Prohibition. While this accessory eventually went out of vogue, he didn’t change his drinking habits as he aged. Joe was a functioning alcoholic. He and everyone who knew him were well aware of that fact. But Joe was also a brilliant, inventive and funny man. By the time I had started caring for him, he was 87 years old and had no desire to quit drinking. His wife had died a few years before and his only son lived half-way across the country. I was all he had.

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