Drunk Over 50s Deemed Most Common Ambulance Users
According to a recent report, the most common users of ambulances are now inebriated men in their 50s. The number of inebriated users is so high that they now make up more than 50% of visits from ambulances.
An Increase in Drinking Behaviours
The statistics around drinkers over 50 might be surprising, but researchers are very interested in figuring out why this number has been on the rise in recent years. The experts believe that the increase in alcohol consumption in men between the ages of 50 and 59 is actually linked to 3 factors – boredom, loneliness and depression.
This research suggests that there might be a need to tackle these risk factors within this age group, in order to prevent risky behaviours related to excessive and regular alcohol consumption, which is in itself, a risky behaviour.
Outdoing the Younger Generation
It was previously believed that it was men between the ages of 15 and 39 who were the most common users of ambulances once they became intoxicated, but according to the Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, this is simply not the case. The study, which was conducted in Australia, highlights the fact that consuming large amounts of alcohol can affect anyone and everyone, and those that fall within the over 50s category are no exception.
Alcohol and its Affect on the Over 50s Body
According to the experts, alcohol actually affects older individuals in slightly different ways than it affects their younger counterparts. If the Department of Veteran Affairs is to be believed, the overall water volume levels within the body decrease with age, so individuals actually have to drink less in order for them to become inebriated. Adding that to the risk of taking alcohol with medication, and this behaviour becomes very risky indeed.
A Growing Problem
The same study that found older men drink because they are bored, lonely or depressed also found that around 7% of individuals over the age of 60 actually binge drink on a weekly basis. What is more, about 14.5% of this population was actually considered to be “at risk” drinkers.
In order to curb the risks related to drinking, it is important that individuals take care to decrease their alcohol intake during the summer, as well as for older men to ensure they are not drinking excessively. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to falls and serious injuries, but it can also lead to family conflict, which can ultimately put these individuals at a higher risk for being isolated from the people they care about.
Being aware of developing trends in alcohol consumption in various age groups can help experts to find ways of informing and supporting individuals who are at risk, and ultimately help the general popular make healthier decisions that will benefit themselves and their families.