Does it seem like you can’t drink like you used to at university? You’re not imagining it. Our ability to process alcohol decreases as we age. It’s due to a number of factors, including simply the aging process we go through physically (for example, muscle is replaced by fat – and muscles help to metabolize alcohol), the buildup of toxins through the years in your body, and your body’s decreased ability to process enzymes, which detoxifies alcohol from our system, reports wellandgood.com.
It’s not the same for everyone, though. Depending on your physical health and your body size, it’ll affect everyone in a different way. That said, if you choose to drink alcohol, there are three things you can do to limit the effects it has on you. For one, reports wellandgood.com, what you choose to drink can play a role. Drinks full of sugar can result in more inflammation and also lead you to consume more. That said, the type of alcohol hasn’t been shown to play a key role, but rather the quantity of alcohol over a period of time.
Keeping physically active regularly can also help. People who aren’t active tend to have blood alcohol levels that remain high due to the fact that their bodies metabolize alcohol less efficiently.
For more about how alcohol consumption impacts your health as you age, the negative way it affects your body, and how you can ease the transition to drinking less often, read the wellandgood.com article here.