Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Older alcoholics - less of them but they drink more

Researchers from Ohio State University have been using data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions to look at the links between ageing and alcohol. They found that although adults over 60 were less likely to abuse alcohol or be dependent on it those older people who did have a drink problem consumed more alcohol and had more binges than younger problem drinkers. Adult alcoholics over 60 drank more than 40 alcoholic drinks a week on average compared to younger alcoholics who drank 25-35 drinks a week. Older alcholics had an average of 19 episodes of binge drinking a month compared to 13-15 a month in younger people, perhaps because the older alcoholics need to drink more to get the same effect.

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