It’s important to remember that as you get older you have an increased sensitivity to alcohol. This means that you experience the symptoms from drinking more quickly than you may have when you were younger. And, alcohol misuse can have a serious impact on your medications and current health problems.
Medicare covers an alcohol misuse screening once per year if you’re an adult who uses alcohol but doesn’t meet the medical criteria for alcohol dependency. You can also get 4 brief face-to-face counseling sessions each year if you’re competent and alert during counseling. Medicare covers these substance misuse counseling services if they’re provided in a primary care setting, like a doctor’s office, and if your qualified primary care doctor or practitioner accepts assignment.
If you’re concerned you may be misusing alcohol, call your doctor today. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and we want to help you stay healthy and safe.
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