We are all individuals and that, of course, does not change because someone has Alzheimer's disease. But it does affect memory, the way a person processes information, confidence and mood. It can also affect mobility and if someone's balance is already poor even small amounts of alcohol may increase the risk of falls and broken bones.
Some people with Alzheimer's will not mind being reminded that they should not drink or they have to restrict their intake,yet others may. Caregivers have to make a judgement on how they are going to handle the situation.
The stage of Alzheimer's will influence the way caregivers develop some coping strategies. Diluting alcohol or replacing bottle contents may need to be considered. There are lots of great alcohol free drinks, including wines and beers, and most older people love sweet flavors. It may be about providing strategies at social occasions that will help someone with Alzheimer's feel included and not show up their deficits in a demeaning way.
If the doctor feels a moderate amount alcohol will not be harmful then can I just remind you what moderate drinking is? Units of alcohol are often less than you think. For women, a moderate intake is considered to be one drink, (1 unit) per day. Men can have a slightly higher intake but it is still only one to two units of alcohol. One unit of alcohol is the equivalent to a regular strength glass or small bottle of beer/lager or, a glass of wine or a small measure of spirit. A single can of strong beer is around four units of alcohol.