One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an “unsafe” level of alcohol with rates of unsafe drinking in elderly people higher than those reported for the general population says BMJ report.
Analysis of health records found that heavier drinkers tended to be male and relatively affluent.
For older people, the report said, drinking more than the recommended amount carried an additional risk of confusion and falls.
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See also a critique on the report from NHS Choices here. The figures may be an underestimate but not representative of the whole country.
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