University of Kent - 'Risky' drinking in later life

July 24, 2008

"Risky drinking" in the over-55s is the focus of a new study led by Simon Coulton, a professor at the Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent. While such behaviour in young men and women receives most attention, the ageing process means older people experience alcohol-related problems at lower consumption levels, the university said. It is estimated that 60 per cent of older adults coming to hospital because of repeated falls, confusion, chest infections and heart failure have undiagnosed alcohol problems. Professor Coulton's study aims to determine whether GP screening followed by brief psychosocial interventions can help.

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