Drinking non-alcoholic beer 'could help older people beat isolation'
Older people should try non-alcoholic beer to beat rural isolation, a psychologist has suggested.
Dr Nicola McGlade said it was time for fresh thinking to combat isolation - and that going to meet people in the pub needn't always be about drinking alcohol.
"What about trying the no-alcohol beer? Psychologically it's still a pint. It's not the answer for everyone, but it means they are not tied to their house," said the senior clinical psychologist at St John of God Hospital.
"People might also examine how much they spend on their car every year. Putting a portion of that towards a taxi fund would free them up."
Dr McGlade said flexible thinking can apply to all other areas of life - including diet and exercise.
She will deliver a lecture on the topic from 8pm to 9.30pm this evening at St John of God Hospital on the Stillorgan Road, Dublin.