Baby boomer addiction to booze rose during lockdown

Baby boomer addiction to booze rose during lockdown... and even more people are having their first drink in the morning, study suggests More of those aged 55 to 74 are drinking at levels 'indicative' of dependence  Greater number having their first drink in the morning and feeling remorseful   Psychiatrists say some are drinking the equivalent of a bottle of wine a day

By Shaun Wooller Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:32 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 00:32 BST, 4 May 2021

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Lockdown has led to an increase in alcohol addiction among the baby-boomer generation, a study suggests.

More of those aged 55 to 74 are now drinking at levels 'indicative of probable alcohol dependence', researchers found.

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A greater number are having their first drink in the morning and more are feeling guilty or remorseful about their habit.

Psychiatrists from King's College London warn that some are drinking the equivalent of a bottle of wine a day.

Alcohol has acted like a 'comfort blanket' in the face of health and financial worries, social isolation and a lack of routine. But the strain of the past year has ultimately 'driven them over a cliff edge', they add.

More of those aged 55 to 74 are now drinking at levels 'indicative of probable alcohol dependence', researchers found. Pictured: Stock image

More of those aged 55 to 74 are now drinking at levels 'indicative of probable alcohol dependence', researchers found. Pictured: Stock image

The experts analysed data on 366 patients aged 55 to 74 who had been referred to NHS mental health services. Half were referred before the first lockdown began and half after.

Drinking at probable dependent levels – more than 50 units a week – rose from 19 per cent to 28 per cent over this period. The number drinking four or more times a week increased from 30 per cent to 39 per cent.

And those drinking in the morning at least once a month to get over a heavy session the night

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