When it comes to the problem of simultaneous consumption of antibiotics and alcohol, we must not forget the fact that the scope of this issue also covers thousands of other prescription drugs which do not fall in the category of antibiotics. Statistics suggest that no less than 70 percent of the adult population in the United States is consuming alcohol from time to while, while about 10 percent of adults regularly drink everyday. If those 10 percent people do not interrupt the habit of daily consumption, then surely they will end up with an instance of simultaneous consumption of antibiotics and alcohol, apart from other prescription drugs.
However, among all the demographic groups, the population segment under the greatest threat of the ill effects of the simultaneous use of antibiotics and alcohol is concerned, are the elderly, especially those above the age 65, who consume just about a third of all the prescription drugs. Since the greatest risk of the consumption of antibiotics and alcohol together is the prolonging or aggravation of the side effects of the drug being used, the older people are more likely to get affected from it than any other people.
Physicians do keep in mind such risks and strictly instruct the patients to avoid the use of alcohol. Consuming antibiotics and alcohol does not really prove lethal, but of course that depends on the kind of interaction of both the drugs that takes place in a particular case, the risk and intensity increase with the age group. Therefore, seniors should especially take care that they avoid the consumption of antibiotics and alcohol, since it could become life threatening in some cases. Better safe than sorry.