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Minimum Alcohol Pricing Could Help Save Pensioner Lives in England

by Kathy Jones on September 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM
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 Minimum Alcohol Pricing Could Help Save Pensioner Lives in England

A BBC Panorama commissioned research has found that bringing a minimum alcohol pricing in England could help save more than 50,000 pensioner lives over the next decade.

The study was conducted by researchers at Sheffield University who said that introducing a minimum alcohol pricing similar to the 50p a unit in Scotland could save the lives of more than 50,000 pensioners as it could drastically reduce the number of the elderly indulging in heavy drinking.

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According to recent figures, more than 1.4 million older people in Britain are heavy drinkers, leading to a 62 percent rise in the number of pensioners who required hospital admissions over the last five years.

Queen Alexandra Hospital's Dr Richard Aspinall said that a large majority of the people, who drink in their homes, slowly increase the intake of alcohol. "We think of a very visible social disorder, consequences of young people binge drinking on a Saturday night in our town centres, but what is much more hidden is quiet, below-the-radar drinking at home", he said.

Source: Medindia
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