Britons in mid-40s turning wary of drinking amid health concerns: Survey

The recent multitude of reports on ill-effects of consuming alcohol have hit most the middle-aged drinkers in Britain who have stopped their heavy drinking binge to a great extent, finds a new survey.

The researchers have analyzed data for a decade into the drinking habits of 4,500 people over the age of 45, which has revealed that older women have reduced their drinking after the loss of their partners.

The survey said those in their mid-40s who had stopped drinking completely at the start of the study were found to experience an improvement in health compared to those who continued to be drinkers.

The research undertaken by the Keele University and University College London in Britain, proved with empirical data that life-threatening events often lead to a drop in alcohol consumption in older adults.

The exception was older and wealthy people, single men, who tend to drink more in later life and refuse to lower their consumption.

Older people with poor health had the steepest decline in the frequency of alcohol consumption, according to the study finding, as quoted in a Daily Mail report.

“Our findings suggest that the group at most risk of heavy drinking in later life are older, single men with high levels of education and above average wealth,” lead researcher Clare Holdsworth was quoted as saying.

Especially women, who lost their partners, dramatically reduced their drinking levels by more than 16% at the end of the 10-year study, noted the research, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.(With inputs from IANS)

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