(ed: stupid stupid baby-boomers..!..did they bloody learn nothing from the 60’s..?…that alcohol is a poison..?…pick up a bloody joint..!..eh..?..)
Researchers from Massey University and the University of Auckland explored the prevalence of hazardous drinking in 4000 New Zealanders aged 50 years and over.
Hazardous drinking was defined as alcohol consumption that puts the person at risk of immediate harm – such as hospitalisation or long-term harm such as cancer.
About half of older males and a quarter of older females were hazardous drinkers.
Research co-leader Dr Andy Towers said he wasn’t surprised by the results.
‘What we know from around the world is that we have a cohort of baby boomers that are drinking much much more than any previous generation of retirees before.
‘Drink is the drug of choice for baby boomers’.
While awareness campaigns mainly focus on binge drinking in young people – little is known about harmful alcohol consumption in older adults.
‘Our discussions about alcohol use shouldn’t just be about binge drinking or whether someone has a problem… hazardous drinking is about how much you’re drinking and whether – even it’s a low amount – whether it’s appropriate if you have medication use and [if] you have certain health conditions’.
There are greater risks for older drinkers as their bodies become more sensitive to alcohol – Dr Towers said.