Fact: last year more older people were admitted to hospital for alcohol-related injuries and illnesses than those in the 16 to 24 age group.
Elderly people being the age group 65 to 105 or so in this country. I would posit that that is a rather larger group perhaps?
Further: we all die of something and as it happens many of the things we die of are attributed, in part, to booze. One third of a diabetes diagnosis is booze, half of a hypothermia (made up numbers but you get the idea). Not that they’re caused by booze you understand, attributed to though.
Barbara is in her seventies and since being widowed has lived alone. She and her husband were enjoying a happy retirement in France’s expat community. But his illness and death plunged her into gloom. Come 4pm, she starts on the wine and downs a bottle a day.
Dear God, what horrors! A little old lady widow must not be allowed to have a bottle of wine a day! Think of how productive she could be without it!
Puritanical little tosspots.
And with cheap booze available round the clock in supermarkets, there is evidence that if England follows Scotland’s lead, there could be 50,000 fewer alcohol-related deaths over the next decade.
And we’ve already dealt with that bollocks of a number, haven’t we kiddies? It’s going to be difficult as there seem to be only 3,500 or so deaths among the elderly caused by alcohol each year.