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According to a British study, those of us who should be best off are harbouring a bad habit that could undermine all our good work.

Research conducted by Age UK found that over 50s who are healthy, active, sociable and highly educated are at a higher risk of harmful drinking than our less well-off peers.

Those who described themselves as being in good health and having a higher education were also more likely to report drinking at a level experts consider dangerous.

Professor Jose Iparraguirre, author of the research, says: “Our findings suggest that harmful drinking in later life is more prevalent among people who exhibit a lifestyle associated with affluence and with a ‘successful’ ageing process.

“Because this group is typically healthier than other parts of the older population, they might not realise that what they are doing is putting their health in danger,” he said.

Rosanna O’Connor, director of Alcohol Drugs and Tobacco at Public Health England, said: “Around one in five adults regularly drinks at levels that can damage their health, leading to serious, but preventable, conditions such as stroke, some cancers, depression and liver disease. Many are unaware of the harm caused, especially from drinking frequently throughout the week.”

In the UK, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has previously said that there should be a separate recommended safe drinking limit for over-65s of 1.5 units of alcohol a day.

Here in Australia, the recommendation is to drink no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.

The study authors have recommended age-specific warnings for we older and otherwise healthier drinkers.

How much do you think is a safe amount to drink? Do you curb your drinking for health reasons? 

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  1. Sometimes when you’re on your own, your few remaining family members are miles away and don’t bother to keep in touch, your few so-called friends are more interested in themselves, your health is such that you can’t go jogging around the block or bowling at the local club – the bottle looks good.!! But you’re still able to be in control! It’s a bloody shitty world!

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    • I don’t believe I’d like to put any of my personal problems out there in the public domain, thank you SAS, I’m sure some of you are interested but It’s not as though any of you are counsellors.

    • Judy I sympathise with you & feel exactly as you feel My ex friend were only fair weather friends & so like you we are better off without them Like you I am a nice person & don’t need these false people in my life

  2. Nasty am not changing no way if you enjoy it do it life is about quality not so much about quantity

  3. Well everything in moderation, I eat health, exercise 90 minutes 5 days a week and on Friday and Saturday I do indulge in a few alcoholic bevvies, don’t see a problem with that

  4. 9 out of 10 ain’t bad 🙂 moderation I guess, as if we haven’t heard that before:) and thanks for the reminder Brenda “Cheers”

  5. What a lot of hooey !!! I have always felt sorry for people who don’t drink as when they wake up that they are going to feel the best they feel all day

  6. We are going to die of something one day so I am going to enjoy myself until that time comes. Besides the blood bank is still happy to take my blood.

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