A British alcohol charity organization has claimed that middle aged drinkers put more strain on NHS resources compared to teenage drinkers.
According to Alcohol Concern, nearly 454,000 people between 55 and 74 years of age were admitted to hospitals due to alcohol related problems between 2010 and 2010, costing the NHS more than £825 million in costs compared to £63.8 million spent on treating 54,000 people between 16 to 24 years of age.
In total, more than £1,993 million was spent on treating alcohol related inpatients, with males accounting for £1,278 million compared to £715 spent on women. The cost for treating alcohol patients is three times greater than the cost for treating accident and emergency admissions.
"It is the common perception that young people are responsible for the increasing cost of alcohol misuse, but our findings show that in reality this is not the case. It is the middle-aged, and often middle class drinker, regularly drinking above recommended limits, who are actually requiring complex and expensive NHS care", Alcohol Concern chief executive Eric Appleby said.