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People over 65 should drink less, report says

People aged over the age of 65 are being advised not to drink much more than half a pint of beer a day to avoid damaging their health.

The warning comes in a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, saying there is a growing problem of alcohol addiction among older people.

The report also says that older drinkers are less able to process alcohol, and are potentially at risk of drink interacting with medication they may be taking.

But the recommendation has been criticised by some as unnecessary and interfering.

Branwen Jeffreys reports.

  • 22 Jun 2011
  • From the section Health