Newcastle University academics have called for changes to the recommended safe levels of drinking for over 65s and for special alcohol advice to be made available for older people.
It follows research from Newcastle and Sunderland Universities looking at why many older people continue to drink to levels which are harmful to their health.
Current recommended safe levels of drinking are 14 units a week for women and 21 for men.
Heavy drinking in this age group is strongly linked with depression and anxiety and longer term health problems. Metabolism is slower in later life, and older people are very likely to take prescribed medicines that can interact with alcohol.
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