Analysis of health records in London indicates that around one in five people aged over 65 who drink may be consuming alcohol at unsafe levels.
Men were 60% of the drinkers recorded, but they made up 65% of the unsafe drinkers. Of the 5% of people drinking the most alcohol, men tended to consume over 49 units per week; while the women tended to consume 23 units per week.
Elderly people warned over alcohol consumption. London: BBC Health News, August 24th 2015.
Many white English and Irish pensioners ‘drinking to excess’. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, August 24th 2015.
This relates to:
Rao, R. Schofield, P. [and] Ashworth, M. (2015). Alcohol use, socioeconomic deprivation and ethnicity in older people. BMJ Open, August 24th 2015, Vol.5(8), e007525. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).