New alcohol figures should be wake-up call says Swanswell

08 March 2012

New figures showing that adults aged over 45 drink more alcohol than those in their teens and early twenties should act as a wake-up call to society, according to Swanswell.

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, is responding to details of the Office of National Statistics’ General Lifestyle Survey, released today (8 March 2012).

According to the report, which covers figures from 2010, adults aged 45 and over were three times as likely as those under 45 to drink almost every day.

In addition, it suggests one in five men over 65 admitted to drinking more than 21 units a week, along with almost one in three men aged between 45 and 64 (the Telegraph).

Around one in five women between 45 and 64 drank more than the recommended 14 units per week along with just under one in ten of those over 65, added the report.

However, on average, weekly alcohol consumption decreased from 14.3 units per adult in 2005 to 11.5 units per adult in 2010.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Although these figures aren’t surprising to us, they should act as a wake-up call to people who may not realise how much alcohol they’re drinking.

Even having a large glass of wine or a pint of strong lager every evening can soon mount up and drinking regularly can do as much damage as binge drinking – liver disease is just one of the potential health risks.

Alcohol misuse has serious knock on effects for everyone with increasing numbers of alcohol-related hospital admissions – something we believe could be reduced through Swanswell’s Hospital Liaison Service.             

Ultimately, alcohol misuse can affect anyone and we all need to do our bit to help create a society free from problem alcohol – and drug – use.’

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