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12 Feb 2004

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My 80-year-old mother is in the early stages of altzheimer's & has recently been diagnosed by our GP as having an enlarged liver. She drinks gin & tonic regularly & the doctor has told her to slow down. We have actually tried to monitor this by exercising control over her alcohol intake. This is not very easy when it is your own mother. Sometimes we feel like criminals depriving her of the alcohol that we areof the opinion she is adicted to. Along with this we detect depression which normally end up in crying moods. My question is what is there that we can do other than limiting her to two drinks a day. Your professional advice will be sincerely appreciated.
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01 Jan 0001

Worried, have you tried diluting her drinks? You should also take into account what her quality of life is. I’m not suggesting you should let her drink a whole bottle a night, but if having three drinks in stead of two makes her life so much better from her perspective, is it really such a bad thing? She’s 80 with Alzheimer’s, don’t be too hard on her. Good luck.
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