Alcohol warning for drinkers aged over 65

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PENSIONERS in Wigan are being warned about the dangers of drinking excessively after research revealed that they are damaging their health more than young people.

Research into drinking habits carried out at Newcastle University revealed that many people did not recognise themselves as heavy drinkers.

The researchers have called for changes to the recommended safe drinking levels for people in the age group and for there to be specific alcohol advice.

Dr Graeme Wilson, from Newcastle University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “Many older people are drinking to a level that is having a long-term impact on their health, even if the damage they are doing is not always immediately apparent.”

Researchers said heavy drinking in the age group was strongly linked to depression and anxiety and longer-term health problems like diabetes and other illnesses.