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Retired people misusing alcohol

Increasing numbers of retired people are turning to drink despite the health risks, a new poll suggests.

Researchers looking at the drinking habits of people aged over 60 found 13% drank more now they were retired than they did when they were in employment.

Of these, almost one in five said they drank alcohol because of depression, while 13% said they drank to deal with bereavement.

And the survey of more than 800 retirees found that around one in 10 (12% of those surveyed) drank when alone.

In a separate poll of more than 2,000 UK adults, one in 10 people were said to be concerned about the amount of alcohol drunk by a friend or family member aged 60 or older.

Foundation66, a London-based alcohol and drug charity which commissioned the research, said there was an epidemic of "late onset" alcohol misuse among people older than 60.

Sally Scriminger, chief executive of Foundation66, said: "The older people we see with drink problems come from all walks of life.

"Many are retired professionals, who never had issues with alcohol in the past. They don't even have to leave home to buy alcohol - supermarket delivery services will bring it straight to their door.

"Because they don't fit the stereotypes people hold about alcohol misuse, and because they often keep their drinking hidden, there just aren't enough services out there to offer them the help they need."

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