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Elderly alcohol misuse problem rising

14th July 2009

A survey by the Foundation66 charity has found that people over 60 years of age are drinking more alcohol. 

Of the 857 people surveyed 13% said they drank more after they had retired, 19% said they drank because they were depressed and 13% used alcohol in order to cope with bereavement. Sally Scriminger, chief executive of Foundation66, said: "The older people we see with drink problems come from all walks of life. Without urgent intervention this will become a major issue, costing the NHS and our society a great deal."

 

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