Alcohol Problems Rise Among Pensioners

More and more pensioners in Sweden are drinking too much alcohol.

Figures for the Stockholm area show an increase of 50 percent between 1998 and 2006 in the number of over 65s drinking ’risky’ amounts each week.

One in four drink ’risky’ amounts, in other words three bottles of wine a week for men and two for women.

The county council alcohol and drug prevention helpline in the capital report more pensioners up 80-years-old are ringing in with drink problems.

There is generally an equal divide between men and women callers.

Reasons behind the rise include cheaper alcohol, higher pensions and people continuing on with the same drinking habits from earlier in life.

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