10/11/2011 03:44 pm ET | Updated Dec 11, 2011

Alcohol Can Lead To Health Problems For Over-50 Crowd

As baby boomers approach their golden years, they are embracing wellness and wine -- two things that don't always go together.

While a glass of red wine a day may reduce the risk of heart disease, many boomers are drinking a lot more and not realizing they are increasing their potential risks for other serious health problems, ranging from alcohol abuse disorders to chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, liver disease, pancreatitis and certain cancers, said Dr. Robert Huebner, acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Division of Treatment and Recovery Research.