Alcohol and older people

Alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm, whether in the form of chronic disease or acute harm, has increased amongst Sweden’s elderly in recent years. The percentage of the population classified as elderly has increased and will continue to do so.

The report addresses the elderly’s increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol which, in combination with the ageing process, may increase the risk of disease and accidents, even at relatively low consumption levels. It describes the relationship between alcohol and various diseases and problems from which the elderly may suffer, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer.

The report also highlights the significance of lifetime lifestyles for health in old age.The report’s authors comprise some of the world’s leading, international alcohol researchers, headed by Harold Holder. The researchers have collated and aggregated facts and figures from international studies in the field and evaluated the scientific strength of the results, and both describe the role of 

alcohol policy measures, and offer recommendations for guideline alcohol consumption levels for the elderly.



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