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Rise in private alcohol and drug abuse among baby-boomers

Drink and drug abuse is rising among “baby boomers” behind closed doors, a new report warns. The research highlights the growing problem of alcohol and illicit substance misuse among older people. Figures show the number of alcohol-specific deaths in people aged 50 and over has risen from 3,582 in 2001 to 5,208 in 2016 – a 45% increase over the past 15 years.

Ageing baby boomers worst for alcohol and drug abuse

Ageing baby boomers are becoming the largest group of problem drinkers and drug users, doctors have said. Deaths caused by drink and drugs are rising in older people but Britain has still not woken up to the changing face of addiction, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dementia linked to over-drinking | Pretoria News

DRINKING too much can treble the risk of developing dementia, a major study shows. Academics for the first time have established that alcohol is the single biggest way that people can raise their dementia risk. Their study of 32 million patients, of whom 1.1 million had dementia, found a particularly strong link between alcohol and the early-onset form of the condition.

Baby boomers are UK’s biggest problem boozers and drug users, report warns

BABY boomers are rapidly becoming the nation’s biggest boozers and drug users, a report reveals. Experts warn the highest rises in rates of substance misuse are among the over-50s. Medics claim their liberal attitude is ruining their health and they need to start “acting their age”.

GPs should question ‘hedonistic’ over-50s on drink and drug use

Over-50s are said to have liberal attitudes after growing up in the 1960s and 70s Others are said to be ‘self-medicating’ for loneliness, insomnia or chronic pain Doctors are being urged to tell older patients they need to cut back on alcohol Patients over 50 should be quizzed by GPs about their ‘hedonistic’ drinking and drug-taking habits, medical experts have said.

Heavy drinking is the sixth biggest cause of serious illness for Baby Boomers

BABY boomers are being plagued with poor health from drinking too much booze at night, it has been revealed. Alcohol-related illnesses, including heart and liver disease, are more common than ever for people in their 50s and 60s, with alcohol now the sixth most common cause of disability for the generation.

Heavy evening drinking now sixth biggest cause of disability

Alcohol now 6th-most common cause of disability among people in 50s and 60s People are living longer, but spending more of their retirement in poor health Heart disease, liver disease, cancer and alcohol-caused dementia ailing people Middle-class culture of drinking wine at home is driving the problem, experts say Heavy drinking has become one of the biggest causes of severe illness among the baby boomer generation, official figures show.

Rise of teetotalism: almost half of Brits shun regular drinking

The ONS figures show that people aged 45 to 64 were the most likely to have drunk in the last week, with 60 per cent of women and 69 per cent of men doing so. Separate NHS statistics released yesterday show alcohol-related hospital admissions in England have increased by 64 per cent over the last decade.

Baby boomers warned over alcohol intake as hospital admissions soar

Alcohol-related hospital admissions in England have increased by 64% in a decade and are at their highest ever level, prompting experts to warn that baby boomers are continuing to risk their health through frequent and excessive drinking.

Behind closed doors, the hidden problem of baby-boomer addiction | Tony Rao

‘I never touched a drop in my life. Now, it’s all I’ve got.” One of my first referrals as a consultant old-age psychiatrist was a woman with anxiety who began drinking after her husband died. Grief at losing her partner pulled her into a deep depression. Alcohol eased the pain.

Women ‘drinking themselves to death’

Wednesday’s Irish News and Belfast Telegraph both look at the rising numbers of women dying from alcohol abuse in Northern Ireland. The Belfast Telegraph features the story on its front page, reporting that alcohol-related deaths in women have almost doubled in three years.

Death rate of Northern Ireland women from too much alcohol nearly doubles in three years –

The rate of women here drinking themselves to death almost doubled in three years, new figures reveal. Experts say older females are particularly troubled by alcohol issues. One GP said there was a wave of over-55s “quietly drinking themselves into oblivion”. It comes as statistics show a rise in local women dying from alcohol abuse.

Drinking culture ‘to blame’ for surge in alcohol-fuelled deaths in over-60s

A BOOZING culture among the baby boomer generation has been blamed for a surge in alcohol deaths in the over-60s. The number of men aged 70 to 74 dying directly as a result of alcohol has increased by 50 per cent in 15 years.

Concern over ‘rapid’ rise of drink and drug abuse among the over-50s

They fear the over -50s ‘baby boomer’ generation is turning into a ‘baby boozer’ epidemic due to a rapid rise of substance abuse. The numbers of older alcoholics and addicts receiving treatment are expected to treble in the US and double in Europe by 2020.

How much alcohol should I drink a week? Units explained as hospital admissions rise in Suffolk

Archant Health experts are warning drinkers to know their limits following a sharp rise in the number of people in Suffolk admitted to hospital for alcohol-related problems. Ipswich Hospital, which is one of the hospitals which has seen a rise in the number of people admitted for alcohol-related reasons.

More drinkers in Norfolk are going to hospital because of alcohol

Drinking is putting more and more strain on our hospitals, with the number of alcohol-related admissions going up in Norwich by 54pc in seven years. There were 2,725 admissions linked to alcohol in Norwich in 2015/16, according to data from Public Health England published on Wednesday.



DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Is the menopause all in the mind?

What I’m about to say will irritate a number of readers. Specifically, it may not go down well with women of a certain age. But here goes. The menopause might be all in the mind. Now, of course, there’s no doubt that there is a biological phenomenon whereby a woman’s reproductive cycle stops.


Why drinks companies will struggle to break Generation Z – Consumer Trends

This month, Ben Cooper examines what a new report from marketing consultants Protein on Generation Z – or Gen Z – consumers may mean for marketers, particularly for those in the drinks arena. related to Beer & cider, Marketing – advertising & promotions, Soft drinks, Spirits, Water, Wine,

Figures for NI women drinking themselves to death are catching up with the men … that’s one sort of gender equality we don’t need –

In 1955, the Belfast-born author Brian Moore published a novel called The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne. With terrible poignancy, it tells the story of a genteel, ageing spinster who has a crisis of faith and descends into alcoholism.

Alcohol-related admissions to hospital reach record high – and hard-drinking baby boomers are to blame

BOOZE-related hospital admissions have hit a record high fuelled by hard-drinking baby boomers. Medics dealt with 339,000 cases last year where alcohol directly caused the harm – up more than a fifth in a decade. And there were 1.1 million admissions overall linked to booze consumption.

Drinking a problem for many older adults, study finds

When it comes to the problem of drinking to excess, the senior citizen population may not immediately come to mind. But a new study finds that many older adults are drinking too much alcohol, putting them at risk for major health problems. The research, published in the journal BMJ Open, looked at older adults in the U.K.

The baby boomer generation are at risk of becoming problem drinkers

The “baby boomers” are now at risk of becoming problem drinkers in their old age according to a study showing that one in five over-65s who regularly drink alcohol are doing so unsafely.

What alcohol does to your body after 40

If you’re over 40, the chances are you like a drink. A recent YouGov survey in Britain found “empty nester” mothers were at the forefront of a middle-aged drinking epidemic, with 28 per cent of women over 45 admitting they drank as much or more than their grown-up children.

Alcohol addiction is ruining older lives, too | Clare Allan

Problem drinking among older people is on the increase, with an estimated 20%-25% of over-65s drinking at unsafe levels, according to research published last week by the institute of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience at King’s College London. Moreover, prosecutions for drink-driving of adults over 65 have increased by a sobering 40% in the last 10 years.

I thought I’d seen it all as a psychiatrist. But there was one visit I misjudged

When you work in the community, often your only protection from serious dangers is a gut feeling. Referral letters from GPs frequently fail to communicate the real risks in a situation – even when carefully read ahead of a home visit.



Wealthy pensioners are the most likely to drink too much

One in five older drinkers are consuming dangerous amounts of alcohol each week, with wealthy pensioners the biggest culprits, according to a new study. Over-65s are putting their health at risk by drinking above government guideline amounts, experts warned. They urged GPs to ask members of the baby boomer generation about their drinking as a matter of routine.


Alcohol-related mental health problems are a huge issue for older people

The first thing that I do when I wake up is take a look at my BlackBerry. We have patients under the home-treatment team, which means that there can be a crisis at any time of the day or night that requires urgent attention.

Number of over-60s suffering mental health problems caused by excessive drinking soars 150% in a decade

The number of elderly patients with alcohol related dementia has soared The greatest number of admissions was in London’s affluent areas Alcohol concern say that the baby-boomer generation has a more liberal approach to alcohol Older people have been warned about the dangers of excessive drinking after figures showed the number suffering alcohol-related mental-health problems has rocketed by 150 per cent in a decade.


Middle aged ‘three times more likely to drink every day than younger

Adults aged over 45 are three times more likely to drink alcohol every day than younger people, the latest official statistics have found. More than one in eight (13 per cent) of adults over 45 drink practically every day of the year compared with just four per cent of those under 45, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).



Having lived hedonistic lives, UK’s baby boomers are drinking themselves into an early grave

The “baby boomers”, those born during the surge of births between 1946-1964, comprise around a quarter of the population in the UK. In sociological terms they are wedged between the “Silent Generation” and “Generation X”. Brought up in the 50s, 60s and early 70s, boomers are distinct from previous generations for their greater indulgence in aesthetic, hedonistic lifestyles.



Warning Over Alarming Alcohol Use By Over-65s

One in five pensioners are drinking alcohol at unsafe levels, according to research by King’s College London. The report published in the British Medical Journal analysed the medical records of 28,000 people in the London borough of Lambeth.


GPs warned of drug abuse among elderly

Ageing baby boomers threaten to overwhelm the NHS with rising rates of drug abuse, alcoholism and suicide among the elderly, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned. GPs and care workers need to be trained to spot the signs of substance abuse in the elderly as the habits of the swinging Sixties are carried into old age, doctors say.

Older people drinking too much could create NHS ‘timebomb’, says doctor

Britain faces a “timebomb” of serious illnesses such as dementia, brain damage and liver disease because older people are drinking too much, a leading doctor has warned. New figures show that dangerously high levels of alcohol consumption by baby boomers are leading to growing numbers of over-65s being hospitalised, adding to pressures on the NHS.

One-fifth of over-65s drinking at unsafe levels, say experts

A fifth of over-65s are drinking unsafe amounts of alcohol, posing a major risk to their health, experts have said. Academics at the institute of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience at King’s College London said the baby boomer generation, of people born between 1946 and 1964, represents an ever increasing population of older people drinking at dangerous levels.

Alcohol addiction is ruining older lives, too | Clare Allan

Problem drinking among older people is on the increase, with an estimated 20%-25% of over-65s drinking at unsafe levels, according to research published last week by the institute of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience at King’s College London. Moreover, prosecutions for drink-driving of adults over 65 have increased by a sobering 40% in the last 10 years.

Phil Collins and the rise of mid-lifers drinking their way to oblivion

Collins, 65, says he initially justified the drinking by believing “I deserved a break in my life where I could do anything, whatever I wanted.” In a separate extract from his new memoir Not Dead Yet, out later this month, he writes: “It took me until the age of 55 to become an alcoholic.

What alcohol does to the aging brain – Philly

The lawyer knew something was wrong with her 61-year-old mother. She had begun showing up for appointments two hours early. Or two hours late. She was paying less attention to how she looked. She’d had two wrecks in quick succession on her way to work as a judge’s administrative assistant.