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Health news: Older drinkers ‘risk daily addiction’

If you find yourself reaching for a glass of wine once the kids are in bed, be careful those bad habits don’t spiral. Middle-age is a key time to tackle bad drinking habits, with stats showing over-45s are most likely to drink every day.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show adults aged 45 and over were three times as likely as those aged under 45 to drink almost every day – 13% compared with 4%.

Their poll also found that 22%of men aged 65 and over consumed alcohol almost every day compared with just 3% of men aged between 16 and 24. Likewise, 12% of women aged 65 and over consumed alcohol almost every day compared with just 1% of women aged between 16 and 24.

The survey also indicates that younger adults were more likely to have drunk heavily in the previous week than older adults: 24% of men aged 16 to 24 drank more than 8 units of alcohol in a single day and 25% of men aged 25 to 44, compared with 20% of men aged 45 to 64, and only 7% of men aged 65 and over.

 

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More than 260,000 people are said to be claiming Employment and Support Allowance because of mental and behavioural disorders, an increase of over 29% since 2010, according to new figures. Legal & General created the report using Department of Work and Pensions statistics. ESA is the government’s sickness benefit and is paid to people who cannot work because of ill-health or disability.

In May 2011, 265,530 people were claiming ESA because of mental and behavioural disorders, an increase of over 29% since May 2010 when there were 205,700 claimants. Of this number 73,600 are aged between 35-44, an increase of over 29% compared to 2010.

61,230 – that’s more than 23% of the total number of claimants – are aged between 24-34, an increase of nearly 28% compared to 2010 and the largest percentage increase (66.90%) was in the 60 plus age-group.

 

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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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