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Report suggests older people should drink less

Report suggests older people should drink less
23rd June 2011

Older people may be more at risk from the effects of alcohol, according to one expert, indicating that seniors using home care should reflect on how much they drink.

Katherine Brown, head of research and communications at the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said that screening measures should be introduced to tackle the problem of excessive drinking among older people.

She explained that alcohol problems in older people can be more difficult to identify as they are often mixed up with age-related illnesses such as dementia.

"The government needs to look seriously at effective population-based measures that address the affordability, availability and promotion of alcohol," continued Ms Brown.

This follows a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists which recommended that safe limits for drinking alcohol should be cut for older people as they are less able to process alcohol and the drink could interact with any medications.

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