Professor José Iparraguirre conducted the research, based on 9000 relevant responses of a long term study of men and women lining in England, using the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA). “Harmful drinking in later life is more prevalent among people who exhibit a lifestyle associated with affluence and with a successful ageing process. Harmful drinking may then be a hidden health and social problem in otherwise successful older people”, the Professor concluded.
Apparently, middle aged people are “three times more likely to drink every day than younger people”, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The various impact factors that conducts to over-drinking were also studied. Risk of drinking to much alcohol has found to be increased for women with higher incomes, whilst smoking, higher educational attainment and good health all contributed to higher risk levels in both men and women. Religion belief seems to not lower the risk in either one of the two categories, while daily responsibilities does, especially for women. Employment status, apart from retired people who seem to over-drink, was not a relevant factor.
Overall, better health and a socially active life seemed to be the main causes for people drinking at concerning levels.
“Harmful drinking among people aged 50 or over in England as a middle class phenomenon: People in better health, higher income, with higher educational attainment and socially more active are more likely to drink at harmful levels”, said Professor Iparraguirre,as a conclusion for his study. “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,” he added.