The drinking generations: alcohol and the over-fifties
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The drinking generations: alcohol and the over-fifties

Jennifer Trueland Freelance health journalist

Risky drinking is a growing problem among those in their fifties, sixties and seventies, and the public health implications are often under-estimated

When you think about a problem drinker, the image that comes to mind probably isn’t Tom or Barbara from 70s British sitcom The Good Life – or indeed their snobbish neighbours Margo and Jerry. Yet the Goods and the Leadbetters were constantly reaching for the gin and tonic or heading to the pub for a pint, and who could forget the Christmas 1977 episode where all four got sloshed on home-made peapod burgundy?

Nursing Standard. 32, 11,18-21. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.11.18.s18

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