Tagged: Older People

NEWS: Alcohol Harm Later in Life: The Baby Boomers

Across the globe, the baby boomer generation is starting to experience rising alcohol harm as they grow older. Globally, the influence of alcohol over the life-course of this generation is now starting to show its long-term negative effects…

REPORT: Medication Use Among Older Australians Seeking Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment

Among older adults who consume alcohol at hazardous levels, many take prescribed medications that adversely interact with alcohol or have reduced efficacy when consumed alongside alcohol. Targeted education is required for patients and health‐care workers to mitigate these risks…

NEWS: Australia: Older People Consume More Alcohol Than Younger

In Australia, older people between 50 to 64 years consume more alcohol than younger people between 18 to 24 years. The ABC’s Australia Talks National Survey showed, Only 3% of the younger generation consume more than 10 units of alcohol a week, compared with a quarter of all 50- to 64-year-olds…

NEWS: UK: Binge Alcohol Use in Older People Major Concern

Binge alcohol use is high among older people in UK giving rise to variety of health problems which are cause for concern. Recent research has found among older people, one in four alcohol users consumed alcohol above weekly limits and more than one in five alcohol users reported binge alcohol use over the past 12 months…

NEWS: UK: Baby Boomers Drive Alcohol Consumption

While alcohol consumption steadily declines with young people, baby boomers continue to drive more alcohol consumption. More and more young people across the world are choosing to be alcohol-free, driving a global decrease in alcohol use. However, older people, over 55 years of age – the Baby Boomer generation – are increasing their consumption. In the UK, the 55-64 age group  remains the most likely to drink heavily and the least likely to abstain from alcohol…

REPORT: What Do Elderly Heavy Alcohol Users Aim For?

There are significant differences in choice of goal between participants with very late onset AUD and early or mid-age onset AUD. Individuals with very late onset alcohol use disorder tend to choose temporary abstinence over any other treatment goal whereas, in general, individuals with early onset alcohol use disorder choose permanent abstinence over other treatment goals…

REPORT: Alcohol Complicates Multimorbidity in Older Adults

Authors Duncan Stewart, senior lecturer in addictive behaviours and public health,  and Jim McCambridge, professor of addictive behaviours and public health, write on complications to multimorbidity due to alcohol in the editorial. They state attention to alcohol should be integral to routine care…

NEWS: Northern Ireland: High Costs of Alcohol Problems in Older People

Alcohol problems among older people (over 50 years of age) in Northern Ireland is costing the health service £125 million per year. The data comes from a report by Queen’s University Belfast. It comes as the number of alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland reached the highest level since records began in 2001…

NEWS: Italy: Alcohol Major Risk Through Life-course

The Higher Health Institute (ISS) reports youth and older people are most at risk for alcohol harm. Overall 8.6 million Italians are at risk users of alcohol. According to the report, 68,000 alcohol dependent people have been taken into treatment and the most at-risk individuals are young people between the ages of 16 and 17 and older people between 65 and 75 years…

NEWS: Germany: Alcohol Harm Rising in Older People

In Germany, alcohol harm for older people is on the rise. Over a decade from 2007 to 2017 the number of older people between 65 to 84 years treated for acute alcohol intoxication increased by two thirds.The Kaufmännische Krankenkasse (KKH) reports more than 355,500 older people over 65 years suffer due to alcohol harm. The increase in acute alcohol intoxication was even higher for men. Among the 70 to 74-year-olds, it was around 95% and among the 80- to 84-year-olds more than double…