Elderly adults are now one of the fastest growing populations of dangerous drunks, with Kiwis more than 50 people finding that they are more often and more often drunk than adults in nine countries, health experts have warned.
APSAD Auckland stated in a statement that the review of international research data showed growing evidence that drinking is a major health problem for older people, with the estimate that the number of older people drinking at risky levels is very different from one to a little more than 20 percent.
In New Zealand, up to 40 percent of older adult piglets with dangerous drinks, with more than 50 drinking more and drinking more than older adults in nine other countries, including England, Russia, the United States, Mexico and China.
Professor Massey University Andy Towers, professor at the Health Sciences School, said: "Baby boomers drink more than the previous generation of older adults worldwide and many drink at harmful levels.
"We need to act now to reduce the level of hazardous drinking in this group, to preserve their health and reduce dependence on care".
Research has shown that older brewers represent a unique set of challenges, especially for doctors and health professionals, due to a higher physiological sensitivity to alcohol; more co-morbid health conditions; the use of medicines that alcohol can interfere with; increased risk of alcohol-related issues of mental health; greater likelihood of alcohol-related injury and death.
Research has also found that many older brewers often fall through cracks, although often they do not have specific training on how to identify key risks for older drinkers, as well as the use of inappropriate tools that ignore key health problems of risk factors.
Dr. David Newcombe, director of the Center for Addiction Studies at the University of Auckland, said: "Many older adults and their doctors feel uncomfortable discussing the use of alcohol, many do not understand what is standard drink, nor what are low-risk guidelines, and many work under the assumption – now a serious question – that a little alcohol is good for you. "
Lead researcher dr. Adrienne Withall from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW Australia added: "Older drinkers find it difficult to work together, and doctors need to do more to convince themselves of confidence and reporting before using the alcohol question.
"We need to get a message that older people would ideally have to limit drinking to one standard drink daily with two days without alcohol every week. Unfortunately, we believe that there is no safe level of drinking for people with dementia."