Seemingly, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, in 2012/13, 202,000 men and 87,000 women were admitted to hospital for reasons that were “wholly” attributable to alcohol.
The steepest rise in hospital alcohol admissions came among men and women in their sixties, with a 178% rise in admissions of men aged 65 to 69, and a 177% increase in admissions for women aged 60 to 64.
Dr Nick Sheron, a liver specialist from the University of Southampton, is quoted by the Telegraph:
"It used to be that alcohol was sold largely in pubs and we thought wine was a filthy continental habit.Julia Manning, chief executive of 2020Health think tank, said:
Now we see people drinking far more wine and also spirits - there have been massive changes in women’s habits so that today we see white wine at the end of almost every supermarket aisle."
“Middle-aged, middle-class drinkers are drinking much more than they realise. They are drinking more frequently, they are drinking stronger alcohol and they are using it as a common antidote for stress.Her point about taking responsibility for our lives is valid. However, people's lack of responsibility comes not so much from "rebelliousness" but from the cumulative effects of the Nanny state interfering in and micro managing people's lives.
On top of this is the cumulative effect of drinking over the years. We have become ever more rebellious in recent decades and it makes me wonder whether there has been a significant culture shift away from taking responsibility and behaving like a grown-up.”
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