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Series of Blogs on Alcohol and Older People

A series of blogs on alcohol and older people since January 2016 can be found below 08/01/2016 The Government Is Changing the Drinking Guidelines – Can That Be Good For Us?                                                                                           The Government Is Changing the Drinking Guidelines – Can

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Old habits die hard

The most recent data on drinking behaviour in the UK is a mixed bag. Whereas there have been large reductions in common measures of drinking patterns for those in the 16 to 24 age group, the 65 and over age

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Baby Boomers and drinking habits: A Cause for Concern

Those ‘baby boomers’ heading towards later life in western countries are on the crest of a wave – the problem is that this wave is a Silver Tsunami of unhealthy drinking patterns. The lack of any significant changes in older

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Off the radar: older people and alcohol related deaths

In February 2014, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published their yearly data for alcohol related deaths in the UK. This was followed by Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) on alcohol related deaths in England in people under the

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Alcohol and Older People: what’s the harm?

Exploring the association between drinking in later life and the harm associated with alcohol consumption is riddled with pitfalls. This often means that the evidence presented has a number of limitations when it comes to how confident we can be

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Our Forgotten Generation

Generations come and go but the current generation of ‘Baby Boomers’ are no ordinary generation. While we are starting to see falling rates of alcohol consumption in younger people, the proportion of older people drinking over recommended limits has shown

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Alcohol and older people: the Ghost of Christmas future?

It was just over 10 years ago, after getting to the point where nearly half the older patients on my ward had mental disorders that were related to their unhealthy use of alcohol that I said to myself ‘enough is

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A New Look

This website is the culmination of nearly 10 years of clinical research and has now been streamlined to allow readers to select a particular area that may be of interest. It continues to be updated as new information becomes available

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Alcohol, the body and prescribed medicines

This a brief account of the way in which alcohol affects commonly prescribed medicines. Please note that these are medicines more commonly prescribed in the UK. There may be more that I have not listed that may be more commonly

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Potentially harmful interactions between prescribed medicines and alcohol

A sample of 2100 people aged 65 and over in Finland. Older people were classified as  “ At-risk alcohol users ” were defined as consuming more than 10 UK units per week, more than 7 UK units on a typical drinking

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