The Baby Boomer generation is falling victim to heavy-drinking ways, according to official figures released today.
The rates of alcohol-related deaths among the over-55s have increased dramatically for both sexes since 2001 - despite levels for the overall population remaining fairly steady.
The highest rates for men last year were for those aged between 60 and 64 - with 40.3 deaths per 100,000 linked to drinking.
In contrast, 15 years ago the peak level among any age group was 34.3 deaths per 100,000.
Death rates for men and women aged over 55 were significantly higher last year than in 2001, according to the ONS. The levels are per 100,000 people
The rate among men aged 70 to 74 years has increased by around 50 per cent since 2001, from 18.7 to 28.
For women, 55-59 year olds saw the highest levels last year, at 19.1 deaths per 100,000 females.
In 2001 the top rate was for those aged 50 to 54 and significantly lower at 16.3.
Over the period the rate for women aged between 60 and 64 has