A Danish study says more elderly people are drinking to excess. The study from the University of Southern Denmark says an increasing number of elderly people are drinking so much on a daily basis that it has to be regarded as alcohol abuse. Denmark's treatment centers have been seeing a growing number of problem drinkers over the age of 60.
The report says this generation has become accustomed to drinking alcohol all their adult lives. Their consumption, risks developing into abuse as they find they have more time on their hands, either because they have left the job market or because they find themselves on their own.
So a major new five-year research project at the University of Southern Denmark is now underway. The reason for the study is this.
Currently there is no treatment provision focused on this group. As a result, either they get no treatment, or they have a brief chat with their primary care physician, or they're referred to a treatment center that has no experience with this group. So there's a need to investigate how to help them.
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