The study in question warns that harmful drinking is becoming a ‘middle-class phenomenon’, which could be a hidden problem in otherwise successful older people. Researchers have called for explicit, targeted guidelines on alcohol consumption for successful older people.
Those at increasing risk of harmful drinking were found to be men who drink between 22 and 50 units of alcohol a week, and women who drink between 15 and 35 units per week. At even higher risk are men consuming over 50 units a week and women consuming over 35.
The data was based on over 9,000 responses to the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA), which is a long-term study of a representative sample of over 50s living independently in England.
The respondents were asked about various lifestyle factors, including income, educational attainment, diet, smoking, levels of loneliness/depression, marital status and friendship networks.
Analysis of their responses found that...