Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Act Now to Stop Elderly Dying for a Drink' ; Plea to Tackle Surge in Boozing Pensioners

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Act Now to Stop Elderly Dying for a Drink' ; Plea to Tackle Surge in Boozing Pensioners

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ATOP doctor has called on the government to tackle boozing by elderly people after new figures showed a shocking number of drinkrelated hospital admissions among pensioners.

More than 16,000 people aged over 65 were admitted to hospitals in Greater Manchester due to alcohol-related harm in 2010/11.

It is five times more than the 3,000 young people aged 16-24 who were admitted during the same period.

The shocking figures do not include the thousands of people who have attended A&E departments with drink-related injuries and conditions.

The figures, obtained from the North West Public Health Observatory, show that Manchester had the most drinkrelated admissions of elderly people in the region in 2010/11. It was closely followed by Wigan and then Stockport. Oldham had the fewest. And a survey by the M.E.N. has revealed that 57 per cent of 61-70- year-old people polled said they drink almost every day or every day.

That compares to just 9pc for people aged between 21-30. …

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