Alcohol Abuse Over-65 drinkers Meddling UK Politicians & Bungling Bureaucrats at NHS?

English: Total recorded alcohol per capita con...

English: Total recorded alcohol per capita consumption (15+), in litres of pure alcohol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an important MUST READ article from the MailOnline. Check it out!

via Over-65 drinkers in health alert: Doctors call for alcohol safety levels to be halved for pensioners | Mail Online.

I am sure that the cited research has indeed identified many over-65s drinking to dangerous excess.

However, I would like to see free publication of the underlying research to validate the conclusions being reached by the Department of Health. Personally, I would like to take a hard look at the statistical justification for the changes in policy.

The picture described, by the cited doctor, of the average woman over-65 consuming a bottle of wine a day seems rather over the top in austerity ravaged UK.

Looking at recent disastrous news on the UK’s public healthcare‘s performance, I am convinced that the meddling politicians and bungling bureaucrats are desperate to seize the initiative for some good news, so perhaps there has been some opportunism in this story?

For me, alcohol abuse is a serious problem across society, with different manifestations according to:

  1. Age
  2. Sex
  3. Diet
  4. Income
  5. Wealth
  6. Occupation
  7. Social Class
  8. Life style
  9. Location
  10.  Weather
  11. Medical history and medication
  12. Psychological profile

Trying to condense policy for these diverse sub-sets into an across the board recommendations of the following safe limits of alcohol seems naive and simplistic:

  • 5 units a day – current limit for men under- 65
  • 3 units a day – current limit for women under- 65
  • 1.5 units a day- proposed limit for over-65s

Policy guidelines need to take account of the twelve variables cited above and research samples need to be large enough to cater for valid statistical conclusions to deal with these twelve sub-classes robustly. Also subjective understanding and research is required into alcohol abuse with publication of case studies. Otherwise, David Cameron’s Government is just changing policy on the hoof to gain favorable media coverage to deflect from their underlying performance. Perhaps, Cameron’s Government is going to turn hostile to the over-65s as a political tactic; they seem to rather favor gays and minorities.

Let me conclude with an open question:

Do you think that the Uk’s meddling politicians and bungling bureaucrata are just trying to divert the media’s attention from their own failings with this story?

Any thoughts?


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  6. Doctors have never called for this halving of the daily alchohol limits for pensioners before so one has to wonder why they are doing so now.

    The existing levels which have been recommended do not take into account the size of the person.

    Thus a 6ft. 5 inch man, with a 50 inch chest should be able to consume a lot more alcohol than say a dwarf or petite woman of androgynous build who is less than 5ft tall.

    The health of the population of any given country, or location within it, is affected by all the factors listed by Dr Alf and a number of others which are all related to the points he makes:
    –Environment and proximity to electricity pylons, industrial processes, motorways, mobile telephone masts and nitrates used on crops
    –Chemical additives in foodstuffs, toothpaste, soft drinks, tinned foodstuffs (aspartame, e-numbers, fluoride, sodium laurel sulphate, aluminium saucepans, cooking foil and Bisphenol A found in plastics) and handled by people every day
    –Vitamin content of food
    –When people eat (not just what they eat)
    –Exercise (both type and frequency)
    –Marital status/Relationship status versus living alone
    –Air quality and water quality
    –Stress levels and the ability to manage them
    –Earlier involvement in debauched and drug filled lifestyles particularly by woman in their 60s who were the so called “Flower children” of their day but are now the dementia sufferers filling up our care homes, NHS wards and beginning to break Adult Social Care budgets in local authorities
    –Lower vitamin content in food mandated by the Alimentarius Commission which meets in secret and instructs Governments including ours on these levels
    –Salt and sugar content in food, particularly breakfast cereals and fast food coupled with misleading labelling
    –Having a strong personal philosophy which supports you in difficult times
    –Drug taking
    The Government prefers not to talk about many of these things or the fact that other countries have far better health care systems and treatment outcomes. France, Germany and Italy being 3 examples.

    So at a time of increased pressure on the NHS, and ineptitude by David Cameron that vociferous minority, GPs have been allowed and probably encouraged to come out with this statement as a diversionary tactic for the Summer months when the country is asleep and on holiday at the same time.

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