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Alcohol advice 'ignored' by over 30s

20th December 2007

A new survey has suggested that people in their 30s and 40s are worse than those in their 20s at sticking to their drinking limits.


Almost half of people in the 30 to 50-year-old age group confessed to drinking too much at times when questioned by YouGov researchers.

Figures also show that NHS admissions for 35 to 49-year-olds with alcohol-related conditions have risen from around 50,000 in 2002/03 to 75,000 in 2005/06.

A third of the 30 to 50-year-olds quizzed admitted that drinking too much had wrecked a night out for them at least once in the past year and 44% said they hadn’t learned to stick to the recommended number of drinks.

The poll was commissioned as part of a government campaign to encourage responsible drinking over Christmas.

A spokesman for Alcohol Concern said: “As a person gets older, less body water and more fat in the system means alcohol stays in the blood stream for longer, which helps explain why people often experience the effects of heavy drinking more than they might have done if younger.

“However young or old, a hangover is your body’s way of telling you that you've had too much the night before.?

Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians and Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said: “This research shows that binge drinking and hangovers are not just a problem for younger drinkers.?

He added that people over 30 should be aware that their body is less likely to cope with the after-effects of alcohol.


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Article Information

Title: Alcohol advice 'ignored' by over 30s
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5148
Date Added: 20th Dec 2007


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