A new study is showing that older adults are more impaired by drinking than their younger counterparts, not to mention they're less likely to realize how impaired they actually are.
Via WebMD, we find that the study was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, in which a group of older and younger participants were given tests after drinking a certain amount of alcohol. Older participants took a longer time to finish the test and reported their feelings of intoxication as higher than the younger group. They were also less likely to realize or acknowledge they were impaired.
The danger in this? Sara Jo Nixon, a psychiatry professor at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute comments, "[F]ive seconds is a big difference if you're in a car and need to apply the brakes . . . It can mean the difference between a wreck, and not-a-wreck."
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