A national survey carried out by the Drink Wise, Age Well programme has found that in the over 50’s, almost three quarters of respondents cannot correctly identify the recommended drink limits and 1 in 4 admitted they would not tell anyone if they thought they needed help. Around a quarter also admit that they would not know where to go for help. The survey also found that the majority of low risk drinkers, drink with someone else whilst 78% of the high risk drinkers, tend to drink to take their mind off problems.
Dr Tom Phillips, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at Blackburn with Darwen CCG said: “This is a vast and often hidden cohort of people who are affluent enough to misuse alcohol daily but are not seen by society as having an issue. It links especially with co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, renal and heart disease. People over 50 in Blackburn with Darwen have significant co-morbidities.
“Alcohol misuse is one of our top priorities, not just around reducing hospital admissions but also it is a crucial part of the Health and Wellbeing offer for our local residents. We commission bespoke alcohol liaison services and work hard with our practices to tackle the issue using highly trained practice nurses. The harm caused by alcohol is clear and evident; it also costs the health economy millions of pounds and has a devastating effect on families and our communities.”
For local alcohol support, if people are worried or concerned they can contact the NHS Lancashire Care & Wellbeing advice line on 0800 915 4640.
Further helpful resources:
- Drinkline (England and Northern Ireland) 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm)
- Drinkaware alcohol unit & calorie calculator – http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/understand-your-drinking/unit-calculator?gclid=Cj0KEQiA_MK0BRDQsf_bsZS-_OIBEiQADPf–qEfmDV7LBCXynWgflfqOafcCrDBFDK6XOu1y50uVUUaAtIm8P8HAQ
- Not sure what a unit of alcohol is? Take a look here –http://www.drinkwiseagewell.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/What-Is-A-Unit_4-1.pdf
- FAQ’s on alcohol and ageing –http://drinkwiseagewell.org.uk/faqs_category/alcohol-and-ageing/