Wednesday 17 January 2018

Elderly drinking too much, doctors warn

Safe recommended drinking limits should be slashed for the over-65s to take into account the effects of ageing, according to a doctors' report urging more action to tackle alcohol and drug misuse among the elderly, writes Martha Linden.

Recent evidence has shown that the upper safe limit for older men is 1.5 units of alcohol a day compared to a current recommendation of not more than three to four units daily.

For women over 65, the limits should be lowered from not regularly exceeding two to three units a day to just one unit a day, according to Dr Tony Rao, a consultant in old age psychiatry and a member of the group from the Royal College of Psychiatrists that drew up the report.

Irish Independent

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