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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.