A survey conducted for charity Foundation66 has found that alcohol-related issues are becoming increasingly common among the elderly as well. The poll of 857 people aged 60 and over revealed that one in eight respondents admitted to drinking more after retiring.
These findings are a concern as excessive alcohol consumption is linked to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and dementia in elderly people.
The survey also found that one in eight of the elderly people is likely to drink alone at home.
"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," said Sally Scriminger, chief executive of Foundation66. "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."
Another poll conducted for the charity revealed that one in ten of friends or relatives of the elderly people expressed concern over the amount of alcohol being consumed by the related person.
Recent data from 2007-08 revealed that elderly accounted for 357,300 alcohol-related hospital admissions in England.