Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Heavy drinking among old people is strongly linked with depression and anxiety

Older drinkers need better alcohol advice

Newcastle University academics have called for changes to be made to the recommended safe levels of drinking for over 65s and also special alcohol advice to be made available for older people.
The call comes as the team from Newcastle and Sunderland Universities publish a paper which looks at the reasons why many older people continue to drink to levels hazardous or harmful to their health. The paper, published today in the journal PLOS ONE,found that many older people may not recognize they are heavy drinkers if they don't see themselves as dependent and therefore having a problem.
As part of the study, organised through Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, the academics carried out interviews and conducted focus groups with 53 men and women aged between 65 and 90. They wanted to find out the reasons why so many of people in that age group continue to drink to unhealthy levels, and what their attitudes are to that drinking......http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Older-drinkers-need-better-alcohol-advice/articleshow/21708809.cms

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