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Archives for the day Friday, August 14th, 2009

Drinking Problem with Grandfa!

Drinking Problem with Grandfa!

A new research suggested that alcohol misuse in people aged over 60 is becoming a widespread problem. A survey for charity found over 13% admitted to drinking more following retirement. From these 19% uses alcohol because of depression and 13% drinks to deal with bereavement.

The charity is urging government to fund more services to tackle problem drinking among older people. The survey of 857 people aged 60 and over also found that 12 percent older drinkers is most likely to drink alone at home. And a separate poll carried out for the charity revealed widespread concern over the issue, with one in 10 adults worried about the amount of alcohol consumed by a friend or family member aged 60 or over.

Particularly the dangers of alcohol are increased among older drinkers because of medication, frailty, and other health problems. Heavy drinking is associated with a raised risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and dementia. And drinking too much can also lead to falls – which are more likely to seriously injure an older person.

The older people we see with drink problems come from all walks of life. Many are retired professionals, who never had issues with alcohol in the past. They don’t even have to leave home to buy alcohol – supermarket delivery services will bring it straight to their door. Because they don’t fit the stereotypes people hold about alcohol misuse, and because they often keep their drinking hidden, there just aren’t enough services out there to offer them the help they need. Without urgent intervention this will become a major issue, costing our society a great deal.