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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Staying Healthy - Alcohol


Having a drink in company can be a pleasant way to relax. However, people with dementia can become more confused after a drink, so may need to limit the amount they have. 

Also, alcohol doesn't mix well with certain medicines. If in doubt, ask the GP for advice. People who have dementia related to past alcohol use should not drink alcohol.

If someone with dementia seems to be drinking too much because they've forgotten how much they've had, or if they are drinking inappropriately, you may choose to keep alcohol out of reach and out of sight. 

You might also decide to provide low alcohol or non-alcoholic substitutes, or watered down alcoholic drinks. 

As with smoking, it is important to balance the issue of the person's right to enjoy a pleasurable activity against the risk it may pose.
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