Drinking in elderly on rise

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Published: Thursday 16th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Drinking among the elderly is becoming a major source of concern throughout Hull and East Yorkshire, with nearly 1,000 residents over the age of 75 hospitalised due to alcohol in the past year.

An Alcohol Harm Map produced by charity Alcohol Concern shows that more than 110,000 people in Hull and East Yorkshire were taken to hospital with alcohol-related injuries and 13,461 were admitted for treatment.

And health experts have expressed concern over the number of elderly people who are falling victim to alcohol-related harm throughout the region.

Overall, 2,468 people over 75 required inpatient treatment because of illnesses and injuries stemming from alcohol in Hull and East Yorkshire in the past year, compared to only 477 16 to 24-year-olds.

Colin Inglis, chairman of Hull’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said the main focus now would be on targeting hidden or solitary drinking occurring with people who are isolated or lonely.

Dealing with this issue is a priority as there were 276 alcohol-related deaths in Hull and the East Riding last year.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Thursday 16th October 2014 by The News Editor

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