A psychologist warned that seniors may be more vulnerable to alcoholism because as we age, it takes longer for our bodies to break down alcohol.
Brad Lander, an addiction medicine specialist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre said tolerance to alcohol decreases as we age and the alcohol stays in the system longer.
He also warned that excessive drinking can compromise the immune system and lead to cancer.
Mr Lander said social drinking during our youth can turn into drinking to relieve loneliness, boredom and grief when we age, so the risk of becoming an alcoholic is greater. He also warned the risk if greater for women than it is for men.