Old people 'more vulnerable' to alcohol

Posted on 23 June 2011

Older people are "more vulnerable" to the effects of alcohol, according to one expert, suggesting that those paying for care should ensure they limit the amount they consume.

Katherine Brown, head of research and communications at the Institute of Alcohol Studies, explained that alcohol problems in older people can be difficult to identify as symptoms can be confused with age-related illnesses such as insomnia, confusion, falls and incontinence.

She called for screening measures to highlight the problem among the older community.

"The government needs to look seriously at effective population-based measures that address the affordability, availability and promotion of alcohol," said Ms Brown.

Meanwhile, a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists said that the NHS must tackle the problem of drug and alcohol misuse among older people.

The report claimed that not enough is being done to tackle substance misuse issues in the ageing population.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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