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1804, 29 Sep 19

Surge in Older Binge Drinkers

Something to think about.

While teenagers used to be considered Britain’s biggest drinkers, experts today are more worried about middle-aged, middle-class people – particularly women – who order wine from supermarkets and drink at home.

Katherine Severi, of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said: ‘It is clear from the figures that the negative effects of drinking are a growing problem for middle-aged and older people across the country.

‘In addition to increases in cancers and strokes, mental disorders related to alcohol are another area where the impact of older people’s drinking on their health is getting too strong to ignore.’

She pointed to figures published in Scotland last week which showed the adoption of minimum unit pricing – a move shunned in England – has successfully reduced drinking and called on Westminster to consider the policy.


1804, 29 September 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Alcoholics should have their public benefits taken away.

  2. Mar

    Kevin, the definition of a booze hound pretty says if have a beer a day, your an alcoholic. Should those people be denied social security government health care or other benefits.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    No one has the definition of binge drinking or alcoholism.

  4. MjM

    @Mar. Well, count me in.

    A brew, or a wee bit o’ Jameson, or a glass of CabSav a day. A personal rule (#8) for around 25 years. Oddly, I most often forget it on weekends.

    Ignore the “experts”, enjoy life.

    “… ‘a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above.’ This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks or women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours. Most people who binge drink are not alcohol dependent.“ – CDC, definition from National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    Hope ya’ll can see the problem with the definition.

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