Baby boomers overdo alcohol

by Sara Bazzano - 2014.02.28

Substance abuse among baby boomers in the UK. The alarm launched by the charity DrugScope. Some of the alarming trends: 1) 1.4 million people, aged over 65, currently exceed recommended drinking limits; 2) For the 75years old the alcohol-related deaths are at the highest level since 1991; 3) alcohol-related hospital admissions, for men aged 65 have risen by 136%, between 2002-2010; 4) the numbers of older people in treatment for heroin-related problems is also increasing. These attitudes include not only long-term drug or alcohol users but also people that started using the substances in later life, in order to respond to physical and psychological problems, related to aging. The report is calling for improved services and interventions for these people that are not usually considered the target of these risky behaviours. Increasing people's awareness on the issue is the first step to intervene and support, on all levels, the baby boomers.

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