Harmful Drinking in the over 50s

Research just published in the journal BMJ Open, studied the alcohol consumption levels of UK residents over the age of 50.

Overall, levels of drinking in this age group are increasing, the report concludes (although binge drinking has reduced, suggesting more regular drinking patterns). Although for men, the peak is at 60, after which their drinking tends to diminish. They found that higher income is associated with more harmful levels of alcohol consumption in women, but strangely not so with men. Those who smoke, and those more educated also tend to drink more, for both genders.

Unfortunately the harmful effects of alcohol on our health are more pronounced the older we get, so these results have some alarming implications.


  1. Teresa 19 September, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I need help today I am going to die

    • Tobin Hunt 19 September, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

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  2. Jo'Anne Griffiths 5 March, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

    I need advice regarding my husband’s drinking of alcohol. He’s very recently had heart ablation surgery, but over the past 4-5 weeks he’s taken up binge drinking again. He drinks full strength VB (4.9℅ alcohol), each 375ml bottle is equivalent to 1.4 standard drinks. On a good day he will consume 6-8 of these. On a bad day he’ll have 12 of these. He cannot see a problem with his behaviour, and I’m at my wit’s end. He also had one kidney removed some years back due to cancer.

    • Tobin Hunt 5 March, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

      I wonder what he thinks about the health impacts of his drinking? It sounds like he’s dismissing the possibly life-threatening consequences of what he’s doing. Or has he given up caring?

  3. Anonymous 12 July, 2016 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Hi I need help I drink to much Im lonely no friens around me

  4. Deborah 1 March, 2016 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I’m an RN and need to drink to feel normal and lesson my feelings of anxiety…..but the need to drink is getting more intense. I live alone, lost two dogs recently 14 and 15 years old, recently divorced and I think I started drinking cause I’m sad and live alone. I’m tired of being sick, tired of being tired and sad….oh and recently lost job after 15 years working there and living off savings. I think my family would be better odd with out me.

    • Melissa Paulette 9 March, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Deborah, how are you doing now? I just saw your comment, a year after.

    • Deedee 20 April, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

      How are you doing now? Your life seems a lot like mine.

  5. Anonymous 4 February, 2016 at 3:52 am - Reply

    So what happens when you have been to rehab many times , lost your job, family., penniless ? Been out of rehab for 10 days – depressed

  6. leana 11 November, 2015 at 5:38 am - Reply


    • Tobin Hunt 11 November, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

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