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Why are alcohol interactions with medication a significant and increasing danger?

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According to the CDC, about two-thirds of American adults over age 18 at least occasionally use alcohol. Of these, about 51% are current regular drinkers (defined as at least 12 drinks in the past year), and about 13% are infrequent drinkers (defined as up to 11 drinks in the past year).

A lot of people use prescription and non-prescription drugs, as well as herbal remedies. Americans of all ages are taking more drugs to control chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Because chronic conditions increase with age, older Americans are especially likely to take prescription medications -- often as many as 10 per day. Many of these likely don't interact well with alcohol.

SOURCES:

Libby, P. W.B. Saunders, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease 8th Edition,

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Libby, P. W.B. Saunders, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease 8th Edition,

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

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