STUDY REVEALS OVER- 50’S BINGE DRINKING CRISIS DUE TO ‘BOREDOM AND ISOLATION’

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LONELY over-50s are boozing in record numbers to cope with retirement and bereavement, a study reveals today.

Isolation is being blamed for a rise in alcohol-related hospital admissions and deaths among the middle-aged.

One in five drink more than 21 units a week. The Government’s recommended limit is now 14 units.

Four in ten say they upped their drinking due to boredom after giving up work.

More than a quarter admit it came after a partner died.

Others put it down to a loss of purpose, having less money to spend or having nowhere to socialise.

Those feeling depressed or like failures are four times as likely to be high-risk boozers.

Health campaigners must give support, not lecture on the risks of bingeing, charity Addaction’s report insisted.

Author George Holley-Moore fears the time bomb is being ignored by health bosses who target young drinkers. Addaction chief Simon Antrobus branded it was “a wake-up call to policy makers”.

It comes a week after chief medical officer Sally Davies issued guidelines claiming there was no safe drinking limit.

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